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German-Polish Cooperation

Thanks to the capital region’s location, it is apparent that there are varied structural relationships between Berlin-Brandenburg and western Polish voivodeships which make spatial-planning cooperation necessary.

Joint Future Concept for the German-Polish Border Region

The German-Polish Spatial Planning Committee has compiled the “Joint Future Concept for the German-Polish Border Region – Vision 2030”, which was approved by the German-Polish Government Commission for Regional and Cross-Border Cooperation in 2018. This concept is designed to improve marketing of the overall area and of individual projects, support an internal sense of identity, coordinate funding strategies beyond 2020 more effectively and increase international competitiveness. The concept is focused on the following five fields of activity:

  1. Using the advantages of the polycentric settlement structure
  2. Improving transport connections
  3. Investing in people
  4. Promoting sustainable growth
  5. Securing the foundation for a high quality of life
Gemeinsames Zukunftskonzept für den deutsch-polnischen VerflechtungsraumBild: Ausschuss für Raumordnung der Deutsch-Polnische Regierungskommission

The Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg is providing assistance in the realisation of the future concept by supervising space-related projects. Further activities with spatial repercussions are also coordinated in terms of the future concept.

Szczecin Metropolitan Region

As the largest city on the German-Polish border with metropolitan characteristics, Szczecin also has an impact on the peripheral areas of the Berlin-Brandenburg capital region. In order to support the development opportunities in north-eastern Brandenburg and in the Berlin-Szczecin region, the „Development concept for the cross-border metropolitan region of Szczecin“ identified opportunities for optimising services of general interest, improving infrastructural connections to Berlin and Szczecin and other areas and developing the joint metropolitan region as a whole in 2015.

It became clear that statistical data in particular is not sufficiently available for further work in the recommended fields of action in the above-mentioned concept. With the aim of counteracting this deficiency, the Regional Spatial Planning Office of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship initiated the Interreg A project „Model of cross-border monitoring – innovative data collection measures in the Szczecin Metropolitan Region“ (project no.: INT179).

Under the lead partnership of the above-mentioned offices, the Joint State Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg, the Gartz (Oder) Office, the State Chancellery of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Association of Polish Municipalities of the Euroregion Pomerania, the Szczecin Metropolitan Area Association and the Marshal’s Office of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship worked together on this project from 2020 to the end of 2022, alongside a number of associated partners. The aim was to present a model methodology for the collection, harmonisation and management of data and to define the data providers and their users in the metropolitan region.

Modell eines grenzüberschreitenden Monitorings – innovative Maßnahmen der Datenerhebung in der Metropolregion StettinBild: Regionales Raumplanungsbüro der Woje-wodschaft Westpommern

Network cooperation was intensified in a cross-border context by ensuring the participation of as many interest groups as possible from Poland and Germany. The topics addressed in the project were: Tourism, regional transport and mobility, effective co-operation networks, urban-rural partnership, smart development and future industries.

An overview of the data requirements and the institutions to be involved is provided in the needs and network analysis. The project is co-financed by the EU from the Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Entwicklungskonzept der grenzüberschreitenden Metropolregion Szczecin

Dokument: 3 MB – Stand: 8.06.2015

Projekt Interreg V A INT179: Modell eines grenzüberschreitenden Monitorings – innovative Maßnahmen der Datenerhebung in der Metropolregion Stettin – Bedarfs- und Netzwerkanalyse

Dokument: 600 kB – Stand: Februar 2021

Region-focused Territorial Impact Assessment of the Eastern Railway – Route 203

In close cooperation with the Marshal’s Office of the Lubuskie Voivodeship, the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg contributed to the pilot scheme of the Territorial Agenda 2030 ‘Understanding how sectoral policies influence spatial (im)balances’, which was organised by the Polish Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy. The Region-focused Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA) was used to determine the spatial-structural consequences of sectoral policies.

Karte Schieneninfrastruktur Bestand 2021Bild: Instytut Rozwoju Terytorialnego Wrocław (Institut für Territorialentwicklung)

The two-track extension and electrification of the cross-border railway link (Ostbahn/line 203) between Berlin and Gorzów Wielkopolski was chosen as a case study. Supported by adapted methods of Territorial Impact Assessment, the potential spatial impact was analysed at two supra-regional conferences (in Seelow and Gorzów Wlkp.) and two regional workshops (in Trebnitz near Müncheberg and Kostrzyn nad Odrą) with the active participation of German and Polish stakeholders.

The main results of the impact assessment are significantly improved cross-border accessibility to places of work and residence (commuters), settlement centres (service and retail facilities) and recreational areas by public transport. This has positive effects on the climate as well as stimulating settlement development along the stops, fundamentally improving the locational conditions for the development of trade and industry and increasing day tourism in the catchment area of the Ostbahn and route 203.

A detailed overview of the project with a description of the implementation, methodology and results is provided in the final report in German and Polish as well as an English summary.

The project was funded by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) as part of the ‘Demonstration Projects of Spatial Planning’ (MORO) programme.

Final Report Part A, German version

Dokument: 4 MB – Stand: March 2023

Final Report Part A, Polish version

Dokument: 3 MB – Stand: March 2023

Project Summary, English

Dokument: 509 kB – Stand: March 2023