Institute for Economic and Regional Development (IWR), Leipzig; IREAS – Institute for Structural Policy, Prague
Free State of Saxony, Ministry of the Interior
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-140
In 2003, the development plan for the German state of Saxony designated the area in which Saxony borders the Czech Republic as an area with a particular need for rural-planning action. The development in this area is strongly influenced by sustained demographic change, economic structural change, and existing disparities between areas. Run by the IfL (as lead partner), the objective of the Saxon-Czech border-area study is to work out foundations for the development of the area and the planning activity of the state of Saxony / of the region more broadly; it is also intended to give impetus in specific areas so as to intensify cooperation, both across the border and between municipal authorities. The research project had been divided into the following three task areas:
Within the framework of the border-area study, and making avail of a short analysis, the plan was to draw up recommendations for actions on the following areas:
The project was brought to fruition in a closely-integrated process of coordination, together with the Czechs’ Brno-based Institute for Spatial Development (UUR) and the national Ministry for Regional Development, based in Prague.
Discussion Paper, presented on the international conference "Regional Development and Perspectives for Border Areas – The Example of Saxony-Czech Republic" downloadback