Completed Project

SynRoCz

Cross-border Cooperation of National Governments - the Case of the German-Czech Working Group for Spatial Development

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Background

Like the German-Polish border area, the German-Czech border area is characterized by low population densities, a lagging economy and insufficient transport infrastructure. There is already a number of transboundary cooperation initiatives at regional and local levels. However, there is no bilateral intergovernmental commission on spatial development yet. That is why the German state secretary Tilo Braune und the then Czech deputy minister Ivana Hanačiková have agreed to establish a working group for spatial development which is supposed to convene to its initial meeting in 2006.

Policy Counselling

The research project shall prepare and assist the initial meeting of the German-Czech working group for spatial development, including the following four work packages:

  • Analysis of existing transboundary German-Czech cooperation projects in the fields of spatial development. Identification of key issues for transboundary cooperation at intergovernmental level.
  • Comparison of spatial planning systems in Germany and the Czech Republic with a focus on planning procedures for wind energy plants and large commercial sites.
  • Proposal for a spatial vision for the extended German-Czech border area.
  • Identification of political recommendations for the future German-Czech collaboration in the field of spatial development.

Research

The rise and fall of transboundary institutions has been studied extensively by various researchers (e.g. Blatter). One of the main questions in their work was whether such institutions are established in order to solve material problems or rather because of idealistic paradigms and personal orientations of the leading actors. Most of the existing publications about cross-border governance and transboundary institutions also centre on the regional level, but hardly on the intergovernmental level. Therefore it is largely unknown, how the national level can contribute to strengthening the institutional capacity on the whole and how instrumental aspects relate to ideas.

The following questions shall be answered in the frame of a single-case study:

  • How do actors in the Czech republik and in Germany perceive the spatial situation of the German-Czech border area?
  • Why do the governments establish the German-Czech working group for spatial development right now, 15 years after the political turnaround in Central and Eastern Europe?
  • To what extent is the newly created institution in line with the actors? interests?
  • Which advice can be given for the future work of the German-Czech workign group for spatial development? How can the existing spatial problems be solved most effectively?

Results

Interim Report in German - download in PDF (1,2 MB)
Interim Report in Czech - download in PDF (1,48 MB)

Executive Summary of the Interim Report in German - download in PDF (250 kB)
Executive Summary of the Interim Report in Czech - download in PDF (302 kB)

Workshop 23.03.2006: Abstracts in German - download in PDF (131 kB)
Workshop 23.03.2006: Abstracts in Czech - download in PDF (180 kB)

Executive Summary of the Final Report in German - download in PDF (135 kB)
Executive Summary of the Final Report in Czech- download in PDF (145 kB)

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Run time

08/2005-06/2006

External funding

Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Urban Development (BMVBS), Programme "Reconstruction of the East"

 

Partner

Ústav územního rozvoje (ÚÚR), Brno