In the period from 11-15 June 2018, a study trip to Berlin and Leipzig was held. Mr. Djordje Milić, Assistant Minister from the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Prof. Marija Maksin and Slavka Zeković, PhD, from the Institute of Architecture and Urban and Spatial Planning of Serbia, and Ratka Colic, PhD, from the GIZ / AMBERO project “Strengthening of local land management in Serbia” participated in the expert visit to the German Federal Ministry of Interior, Construction and Communities and City of Leipzig. The aim of the visit was to exchange experiences on the development and implementation of the National Urban Development Policy, which Serbia is currently working on, and Germany has been implementing since the 1970s.
On the first day of the visit, meetings were held in the German Federal Ministry of Interior, Construction and Communities. Dr. Oliver Veigel, Head of the Department for Urban Planning, gave a general introduction to the National Urban Development Policy of Germany. Mr. Achim Gerth, policy advisor, gave a presentation on the experiences of the realization of German urban development funds. On the second day of the visit to the Ministry, meetings continued. On national urban development projects and communication platforms discussion were held with Mr. Thomas Haberland. Presentation of the regional (federal in Germany) level of the city of Berlin, with examples of the implementation of the Strategy for Integrated Urban Development and urban development projects funded by the German urban development funds, was delivered by Mrs. Christiane Westphal from the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing, Berlin.
Assistant Minister, Mr. Milić informed German colleagues about the joint activities of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and the GIZ / AMBERO project, as well as the decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia on initiating the process of drafting a National strategy. Prof. Marija Maksin held a presentation on the structure, thematic scope and objectives of the Strategy for Sustainable and Integral Urban Development for the Republic of Serbia until 2030, while Dr. Ratka Čolić presented the process and the methodology of strategy development.Stefan Heinig, Head of the Urban Planning Department of Leipzig City presented the second generation of the Integrated Urban Development Strategy Leipzig – INSEK Leipzig 2030. On the importance of German urban development funds for the local level, strategies for integrated urban development for deprived areas (Schonefeld case), as well as implementation National Program Social City spoke Ms. Petra Hochtritt, Head of Unit for the Promotion of Urban Reconstruction and Housing.
In addition to open and live discussions with representatives of German institutions, the Serbian delegation had the opportunity to visit some of the locations where integrated urban projects were realized in the historic core of Leipzig. Also, a tour on brownfield locations and examples of urban renewal and retail promotion was organized. Mr. Jochen Gaully, German spatial planner and consultant of the GIZ / AMBERO project, and his team organized the entire visit as well as professional discussions during the study trip to Germany.