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Capacity for urban development

14 May 2013

A review conference of the “Capacity for urban development” project, funded under the first call of the EU Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme, was held in Yerevan on 13 March 2013, and was attended by representatives and mayors from EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) programme countries. This project has been part of the 2007-2013 EaP programme.
The project is being implemented by a consortium of partner organisations from countries eligible for the programme: the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (Armenia), the Local Development Group (Romania), the Association of Mayors and Local Communities (Moldova), and the Kutaisi Information Centre (Georgia).
The first step in the project was to assess challenges, policies and capacities for urban development in the countries concerned. As a result of the assessment, three cities were selected in each country for closer involvement. The cities to be involved have been chosen as Aparan, Dilijan and Yeghegnadzor from Armenia; Bralia, Focsani and Medgidia from Romania; Balti, Vadul lui Voda and Orhei from Moldova; Samtredia, Tkibuli and Tskaltubo from Georgia.

During the conference all the participants expressed their will and readiness for further cooperation, with the Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration of Armenia, Vache Terteryan, stressing that the conference marked the launch of a different quality of cooperation between partners: ‘This cooperation would not just make use of all the advantages and possibilities offered by the EU within the programme framework, but also other fruitful opportunities which will help beneficiaries come up with really original ideas. One example is cross-border cooperation for the countries of the Black Sea basin, and I can say that it has been really successful’.

The project falls under the EaP programme priorities, which are to “Support cross-border partnership for economic and social development based on common resources” and the “Creation of administrative capacity for the design and implementation of local development policies”. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improved and synchronised capacity to plan integrated urban development, and to promote it in the region.

Addressing the existing imbalance of urban development among different urban areas that leads to lower efficiency in using financial resources, the project offers a planning approach which aims to integrate public services, land use, energy and socio-economic systems, especially at the smaller spatial scale, such as neighbourhoods or suburbs.

There is an urgent need in the Black Sea basin to look upon urban development from a perspective which integrates physical, economic, social, cultural and environmental, as well as institutional aspects in planning. This implies adopting the concept of Integrated urban development planning towards reaching a synergic solutions package and the efficient usage of available resources.

The total budget of the project is €262,530.

Capacity for urban development

A review conference of the "Capacity for urban development" project, funded under the first call of the EU Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme, was held in Yerevan on 13 March 2013, and was attended by representatives and mayors from EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) programme countries. This project has been part of the 2007-2013 EaP programme. The project is being implemented by a consortium of partner organisations from countries eligible for the programme: the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (Armenia), the Local Development Group (Romania), the Association of Mayors and Local Communities (Moldova), and the Kutaisi Information Centre (Georgia). The first step in the project was to assess challenges, policies and capacities for urban development in the countries concerned. As a result of the assessment, three cities were selected in each country for closer involvement. The cities to be involved have been chosen as Aparan, Dilijan and Yeghegnadzor from Armenia; Bralia, Focsani and Medgidia from Romania; Balti, Vadul lui Voda and Orhei from Moldova; Samtredia, Tkibuli and Tskaltubo from Georgia. During the conference all the participants expressed their will and readiness for further cooperation, with the Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration of Armenia, Vache Terteryan, stressing that the conference marked the launch of a different quality of cooperation between partners: 'This cooperation would not just make use of all the advantages and possibilities offered by the EU within the programme framework, but also other fruitful opportunities which will help beneficiaries come up with really original ideas. One example is cross-border cooperation for the countries of the Black Sea basin, and I can say that it has been really successful'. The project falls under the EaP programme priorities, which are to "Support cross-border partnership for economic and social development based on common resources" and the "Creation of administrative capacity for the design and implementation of local development policies". The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improved and synchronised capacity to plan integrated urban development, and to promote it in the region. Addressing the existing imbalance of urban development among different urban areas that leads to lower efficiency in using financial resources, the project offers a planning approach which aims to integrate public services, land use, energy and socio-economic systems, especially at the smaller spatial scale, such as neighbourhoods or suburbs. There is an urgent need in the Black Sea basin to look upon urban development from a perspective which integrates physical, economic, social, cultural and environmental, as well as institutional aspects in planning. This implies adopting the concept of Integrated urban development planning towards reaching a synergic solutions package and the efficient usage of available resources. The total budget of the project is €262,530. [gallery link="file"]