More than 50 participants attended the Urban Laboratory on Integrated Urban Development Planning in Serbia organized on the 2nd of December 2014 in Belgrade. The application of principles of Integrated Urban Planning in Serbian cities as already widely applied in countries of the European Union are a contribution to Serbia’s process of rapprochement to the European Union and its standards in the field of urban planning.
Sustainable and integrated urban planning for Serbia means planning based on the real needs and requirements of the city and its citizens. It includes the elaboration of careful analysis of the actual situation as well as the promotion of institutional and public participation and transparency of planning processes.
In the countries of the European Union Integrated Urban Development has become an important model for modern urban development politics. With the signing of the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities by the responsible ministers in the field of urban development of the EU member states in 2007 this principle has been recognized on a higher political level. As such it can be also found as a principle for the development of new urban projects in the European cohesion policy 2014-2020. The elaboration of Integrated Urban Development Strategies is required for the application for different funds of the European Union.
The workshop was opened with a welcoming speech of the State Secretary of the Serbian Ministry of Construction, Traffic and Infrastructure, Aleksandra Damnjanović.
Further presentations covered German experiences with national funding programmes for Integrated Urban Development and experiences in Integrated Urban Development in other countries of the European Union. The presentations were held by Oliver Weigel from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and by Jochen Gauly, International Consultant Integrated Urban Development Planning from Leipzig. Stefan Heinig from the Department of Urban Development Planning in Leipzig presented the experiences of the city in the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of their Integrated Urban Development Strategy. The city of Leipzig is one of the most important examples for Integrated Urban Development in Europe.
The GIZ/AMBERO-ICON project successfully assisted in the elaboration of Integrated Urban Development Strategies in three Serbian cities from 2011 to 2014: Užice, Kragujevac and Kraljevo. Marica Mijajlović and Nenad Nerić from the Municipality of Kraljevo, Ruža Penezić from the Municipality of Užice and Dragan Jevtović from the Municipality of Kragujevac presented the Strategies of their cities and their experiences gained within this process.
Discussion of Serbian and German experts on the possibilities for Integrated Urban Development in Serbia
- The national urban development policy in Germany (English)
- Nacionalna politika urbanog razvoja SR Nemačke
- Evropska perspektiva – Integralni urbani razvoj kao novi pristup planiranju u EU – opšti pregled
- The European perspective – Integrated Urban Development as a new planning approach in the European Union – an overview (German)
- Integralni urbani razvoj kao važan instrument upravljanja održivim urbanim razvojem – iskustva iz Lajpciga
- Integrated urban development as an important steering instrument for sustainable urban development – Experiences from Leipzig (German)
- Strategije integralnog urbanog razvoja centrale gradske zone Kraljeva
- Strategije integralnog urbanog razvoja centrale gradske zone Užica
- Strategije integralnog urbanog razvoja centrale gradske zone Kragujevca
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