Joint future concept for the German-Polish catchment area 2030
In October 2014, the Spatial Planning Committee of the German-Polish Governmental Commission for Regional and Border Region Cooperation decided to develop joint programme ideas of spatial development in the German-Polish catchment area. On the German side, this catchment area comprises the Federal States of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Berlin and Brandenburg as well as the Free State of Saxony; on the Polish side, it involves the voivodeships of Zachodniopomorskie (Western Pommerania), Lubusz, Dolnośląskie (Lower Silesia) and Wielkopolskie (Greater Poland). The region of this future concept is therefore identical to that of the Oder Partnership.
Representatives in the coordinating group include the Joint Spatial Planning Department of Berlin-Brandenburg, the Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) and members of the Spatial Planning Committee.
The German-Polish Governmental Commission has repeatedly officially welcomed the development of this joint vision in September 2015 and expects the project to conclude in late 2016.
Close, multi-tier cooperation with the Oder Partnership is pursued, amongst other things, to take all relevant sectoral policy interests into consideration from the start. Support for this project was pledged at the political summit meeting of the Oder Partnership in January 2016, during which the Minister Presidents of Brandenburg and Saxony, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, the Head of the State Chancellery of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the marshals and voivodes of the above-mentioned voivodeships and the Marshal of Lubuskie met.
The long-term effective concept with a timescale of up to 2030 is to contribute to strengthening the functionally connected and cooperating region on a European scale. The aim is to compile a relatively short document with eye-catching graphs on the basis of the guiding principles of spatial development in Germany and Poland that focuses on the basics of spatial development.
The sectoral emphasis will be on the following four thematic fields:
- settlement and transport infrastructure,
- natural, landscape and cultural resources,
- industry, science and education as well as
The spatial structure objective for the year 2030 will be illustrated in compressed form in an additional integrated ‘cartographic image’ including a written commentary.
The concept thus aims also at improved external marketing of the entire region and individual projects and improved internal identity formation as well as at improved coordination of funding strategies after 2020.
After the start of concrete conceptual work, the first ideas for the concept and work material regarding the illustration of the current situation in the catchment area are now at hand, published under http://gzk2030.kooperation-ohne-grenzen.de/de/ (in the German and Polish languages). All interested parties can contribute to the discussion about designing the joint future concept in the context of online involvement up until March 2016.