Presentation on theme: "New opportunities for regional development through cross-border cooperation Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development November 16,"— Presentation transcript:
New opportunities for regional development through cross-border cooperation Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development November 16, 2011
Sustainable Development Strategy of Latvia until 2030 Approved by Latvian Parliament on June 10, 2010 Defines long-term: –overall national development objectives – social, economic and environment development priorities and development directions –spatial development perspective
Spatial development perspective of Latvia until 2030 Policy directions for sustainable and balanced territorial development Main aspects: accessibility and mobility settlement as the economic development, human life and work environment spaces of national interest – unique specific territories
Accessibility Development directions: improvement of external accessibility improvement of internal accessibility availability of communications, mass media and data transmission
Settlement structure Development directions: enhancement of the potential and competitiveness of the development centres mutual co-operation and interaction of urban and rural areas establishing of functional networks of development centres
Spaces of national interest Development directions: rural development space Baltic Sea coastal area Riga metropolis area Eastern border (EU external border) outstanding areas of nature, landscape and cultural history
Urban priority “Polycentric development” Increased importance of strategic planning at local level –providing support for implementation of local development strategies and local initiatives Investments are based on the real needs of a particular territory –identified in the development strategy Opportunity to make complex investments that cover more than one sector Opportunity to coordinate (in time and space) investments related to different sectors Objective To foster polycentric development –strengthening competitiveness, accessibility and attractiveness of the urban environment and city-regions according to integrated local development strategies Advantages of territorial approach
Cooperation with Estonia Latvian – Estonian Commission for cross border cooperation - a significant platform for the determination of the common objectives and solutions for cross border cooperation Implementation of priorities set within “Latvian-Estonian Future Cooperation Report” - initiative of prime ministers Estonia-Latvia cross-border cooperation programme - implemented according to the principles of European Territorial Cooperation promoting sustainable development and economic competitiveness of the Programme area through achieving an integrated and cross-border approach to economic, social and environmental development.
Latvia-Russian Federation Intergovernmental Commission for scientific, technological, humanitarian and cultural cooperation (since 2007) Working Group on Regional cooperation – a new format for discussions on interregional and cross-border cooperation (since 2010) The declaration on partnership between both countries for modernization (signed in 2011) Elaboration of the memorandum of understanding on regional and cross- border cooperation between the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia and the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia (draft 2011) Agreements on economic cooperation between the Ministry of Economics of Latvia and the Regional Administrations of Russian Federation (and its implementation through Action Plans) Instruments and forms of bilateral strategic cooperation between Latvia and Russia
CBC as a platform for realisation of regional policy and strategies Estonia-Latvia-Russia cross-border cooperation ENPI Programme allows to implement joint regional initiatives aimed at: increasing of competitiveness and investment attractiveness of border regions, Improvement of the environmental situation, as well as raising of living standards and well-being of citizens. Important feature of CBC programmes – is a possibility of implementation of joint investment projects with infrastructure component. Motives for CBC: Overcome national peripherality Promote economic growth Eliminate barriers for transit Ensure equal living conditions and better mobility of border inhabitants Exchange of best practice and know-how
Latvia’s regional priorities for cross-border cooperation Vidzeme: Development of cross-border clusters and business networks (food processing and wood processing sectors) Development of labour force, vocational and higher education Alternative and renewable energy sources To increase possibilities of health care institutions to offer health services of a higher quality by using information and communication technologies Cross-sectoral cooperation between culture and social fields
Latvia’s regional priorities for cross-border cooperation Latgale: Tourism (public infrastructure, joint marketing, joint routes and products, cooperation network, increase of number of tourists) Culture (joint activities and events, improvement of infrastructure) Sport (joint competitions, infrastructure) Energy efficiency (heat insulation of public buildings, awareness raising, trainings for local specialists) Transport and logistics (transport info network & system, infrastructure, marketing) Entrepreneurship (business trainings, investments forums and exhibitions, business support network)
Latvia’s regional priorities for cross-border cooperation Riga Region: Socio-economic development, including business development: cooperation in knowledge-based entrepreneurship and innovation; cooperation in industrial development, small and medium enterprises networking, market expansion, marketing activities; cooperation in the field of logistics; tourism services and joint tourism product development. Environmental and natural resource protection: ecology, nature protection; water resource management improvement; waste recycling and resource efficiency in business. Local initiative and local government cooperation.
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