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Full text: Newsletter Bundesprogramm Transnationale Zusammenarbeit Issue 07.2012

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Newsletter December 2012 Bundesprogramm Transnationale Zusammenarbeit
a newsletter of selected projects within the Federal Programme Transnational Cooperation

t has become increasingly clear that the cultural and creative industry is far more than just an image factor: currently about 8.5 million people are employed in this sector throughout Europe. To realize the sector’s full potential, the EU Commission published a policy paper in September 2012. Thus, in future creative professionals will benefit from an easier access to capital and new business models. In order to overcome challenges such as globalization and digitization, and to create more jobs in the industry, the EU Commission also proposed the program “Creative Europe” for the funding period from 2014. The projects Creative Cities and SECOND CHANCE are also focussing on the opportunities of the creative economy. The former has developed strategies to promote the clustering of creative industries and to support creative economy through targeted promotion of economic development. The project partners of SECOND CHANCE exemplify in five pilot initiatives how brownfield sites can obtain a “second chance” through creative re-use. Economy and employment are the main topics of Best Agers and AGORA 2.0, which both phase out at the end of this year. Best Agers campaigned for a better integration of people over the age of 55 in the workforce, while AGORA 2.0 aimed to promote natural and cultural tourism in the Baltic Sea region. We also present updates on three transport projects. While the goal of INTER-Regio-Rail is making rail passenger transport more customer friendly and sustainable, RAILHUC develops strategies to integrate local transport systems in the long distance transport network. Finally, the relatively “young” project Amber Coast Logistics supports multimodal logistics centres in the Southern and Eastern Baltic region. We wish you a peaceful holiday season and a pleasant reading! Your DV team


DATES 22–23 April 2013 Amber Coast Logistics Midterm Conference Copenhagen 14 –16 May 2013 INTER-Regio-Rail Final Conference Bologna 27 June 2013 SECOND CHANCE Final Conference Nuremberg


Innovative Measures of Urban and Regional Development SECOND CHANCE Creative Cities Best Agers AGORA 2.0 Page 2 | 3 Regional Development through Innovative Transport Projects INTER-Regio-Rail RAILHUC Amber Coast Logistics Page 4 | 5

Please check the projects’ websites on the last page for further information.

This newsletter informs about the Federal Programme Transnational Cooperation. With this programme, the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development supports German project partners in European projects of strategic political relevance for the Federal Governement on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development. More Information on the Federal Programme at: or German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development | DV-GmbH Heike Mages, Littenstraße 10, 10179 Berlin Phone +49 (0)30/206 41 690 | Fax +49 (0)30/206 41 691

Innovative Measures of Urban and Regional Development


SECOND CHANCE Creative Pilot Projects Implemented

Creative Cities Exponentiated Creativity

© Sabrina Weyh, PHOCUS BRAND CONTACT Mobile Sculpture in “Werkstatt 141”, Leipzig

© Gdansk Entrepreneur’s Collective Design


ince January 2010, the ten partners from five central European cities of the project SECOND CHANCE are working towards the revitalization of former industrial sites. The pilot initiatives in all cities were fully implemented by autumn 2012. In 2013, the partners will visit all pilot projects and evaluate them constructively in peer reviews. In addition, a mobile sculpture was developed to highlight the potential of the locations. In Nuremberg the “Werkstatt 141” was established, creating a location which is used for theater education and as an event venue. First workshops took place in Ljubljana in “RogLab”, an action space in container architecture for training and exhibitions. The tower “Porta Nuova” in the Venetian Arsenal is used for exhibitions and installations and serves as a think thank on the future use of the site. Moreover, a multifunc-

tional event venue was created in Krakow, and since the beginning of 2012, the new studios of “Halle 14” in Leipzig offer opportunities for the creative exchange between artists. The artistic exchange between the partners was also promoted. On the occasion of the event “OPEN On AEG” in September 2012, artists from all partner cities came to Nuremberg to present their projects. The Nuremberg sound artist Tanja Hemm in turn presented an installation in the “Porta Nuova” in Venice and the Fabrication Laboratory Nuremberg will offer insights into their work at the “RogLab” in Ljubljana. Results to date are summarized in an interim report.


o foster collaboration between creative industries and urban development Creative Cities has two strategic approaches: • supporting creative industry clusters and • creating possibility spaces for the creative via specific economic promotion. The partner cities Gdansk, Genoa, Leipzig, Ljubljana and Pécs are searching for unique characteristics concerning the branch, enterprises and space appropriation. For this, SWOTanalyses were conducted to identify districts with potential for creative development and usage. The very early integration of local actors was the basic prerequisite to detect needs, potentials and already existing project ideas. Thus, hybrid spaces, meaning districts in transition between abandoned usage and new planning, are especially qualified: former industrial, military or railway areas,

left-open trade properties or unspecific single objects. They have been strengthened as specific creative sites. Project partners organised events, interactive round tables and built virtual knowledge centres enabling the exchange between science and practice. Experience made within the project shows that creative strategies can help to pattern the economic and structural change. Thus, urban renewal can be pushed. The fi nal conference on 29./30.11.2012 did not fi nalise this cooperation: Instead, activities on marketing and networking should be continued.

Innovative Measures of Urban and Regional Development


Best Agers Promoting Generation 55+

AGORA 2.0 Treasures and Wonders in the Baltic Sea Region

© Hauke Siemen Round Table of the Best Agers Project Skokloster Castle in Sweden

© Jens Mohr

hen the partners of the project „Best Agers“ began their work on older employees, entrepreneurs and mentors three years ago, this seemed to be just a niche topic. Today interest in demographic developments and the age groups 55 and older is larger than ever. During the final conference in November 2012 in Kiel, Germany, key project results were presented and demographic trends in the Baltic Sea Region were discussed with experts and guests. Two booklets offer recommendations concerning the employment situation of older people and results of the pilot initiatives that were implemented. Furthermore, a documentary was presented which portrays four active older citizens who continue their activity in different ways despite closing in on or having passed retirement age. All episodes are available online on the youtube channel “bestagersproject”.


For small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) staff ageing poses a particular challenge. A study on age management strategies commissioned by the project was discussed at a round-table with experts from, inter alias, the EU-Commission, the AGE Platform Europe as well as the European SME association UEAPME. The participants agreed that there are very few positive examples for successful age management approaches in SMEs. To overcome this shortage and create such examples is the aim of the extension project „Best Agers Lighthouses“ which was recently approved. Scientifically monitored interventions in selected lighthouse companies will be carried out to demonstrate the costs and benefits of applying age management to both public and private employers.


he Project AGORA 2.0 aimed to create a common sense of identity in Baltic Sea Region and support nature and culture tourism. At the fi nal conference in November 2012 in Sopot, Poland, the fi nal results were presented and six “Baltic Sea Wonders” were awarded. These are the favourite sites of natural and cultural heritage, which were elected after seven months of online voting by inhabitants of the region. “It is an important chance that we can promote our regions under the title “Baltic Sea Wonders!” expressed Kerstin Kassner, Deputy Head of the County Vorpommern-Ruegen, reflecting the thoughts of other awarded local authorities. In Germany, the chalk cliffs of Rügen were elected. In addition, similarities in the Baltic region were identified by survey. In the category “Culture, History and Tradition” the similarities Hanseatic League, castles,

folklore and traditions were identified. In the category “Nature” they were forests and lakes, amber, beaches and dunes. Where “Society and Economy” is concerned, all the Baltic countries attach great importance to education, environmental protection and safety. BASTIS (Baltic Sea Heritage Tourism Information Service) is a further important output. The latest market research data (2011) were worked up especially for small and medium-sized enterprises in the tourism sector and adapted to the needs of the Baltic Sea Region. The main priorities are on destinations, source markets, target groups and information about concrete heritage sites which can be entered by these organisations themselves. |

Regional Development through Innovative Transport Projects


RAILHUC INTER-Regio-Rail Potential of Local Rail Passenger Transport Integrating Urban Transport in Long Distance Transport Systems

© ZVON Cross-border transport between Germany and the Czech Republic

© Erich Westendarp / Train station Leipzig

he aim of INTER-Regio-Rail is to improve the local rail transport in Central Europe. Nine partners implement pilot projects to show how better organization and infrastructure as well as tailor-made services can gain new passengers permanently. This way, policy makers are encouraged to improve the overall conditions of the passenger railway system. Various studies show the potentials and barriers to the railway system in the partner regions. In South Tyrol a customer satisfaction survey was conducted, which can be the basis of future performance descriptions of transport contracts. In the region Emilia Romagna a pilot project aimed to integrate cyclists better into the regional rail transport. In this regard, a bike train has been tested. The Stuttgart Region has launched a personal mobility service to support elderly people in their use of local transport. The city of Lubin is


working on the establishment of the first regional transport network in Poland. In addition, the project partners have published a handbook on the organization of rail passenger transport, which describes the structure and focal points of the 196 regional transport authorities in Europe. In addition to the partnership of INTER-Regio-Rail, a larger network of European regional transport authorities has emerged. It met in May 2012 and exchanged experiences on the organization of the rail passenger transport. Another meeting is intended to take place in May 2013. On this basis, the partners can devise shared responses to legislation drafts on the European level.

he project Railway Hub Cities (RAILHUC) develops solutions for the integration of regional and urban transport in the longdistance passenger transport system. The aim is to improve the accessibility of the transport hub from the surrounding regions. The urban hinterland will thus benefit from the transport hub’s attractiveness, capacity and connectivity to the core network, which is, inter alias, currently being redefined as “Trans-European Transport Networks” (TEN-T). Under the leadership of the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, the 13 project partners develop regionally consistent approaches to public transport. Good solutions from other regions are tested for their applicability in similar cases and implemented if appropriate. The results of RAILHUC will eventually be incorporated in the national and European mobility strategies.


The metropolitan region of Central Germany is concerned with the integration of the cities of Dresden, Erfurt and Leipzig / Halle in the long-distance network, and with the improvement of train services in the region. A long-distance transport study will determine strategies to create a viable long-distance transport network for the entire metropolitan region. At two project meetings in autumn 2012, possibilities for improving the railway system were discussed. A variety of institutions, such as Pro Bahn, the Traffic Club Germany, the Federal Association of Rail Transport and several Chambers of Industry and Commerce were included in the discussion. In addition, site inspections were conducted in Dresden, Chemnitz and Berlin.

Projects Cofinanced by the Federal Programme Transnational Cooperation
ACT4PPP – Public-Private partnerships: AGORA 2.0 –Economic Development in the Baltic Sea Region:


Innovative Measures for Urban and Regional Development

Amber Coast Logistics Logistics Centres in the Baltic Sea Region

AQUAFIMA – Sustainable Management of Fishery: BEST AGERS – Demographic Change: CREATIVE CITIES – Strengthening and Professionalization of the Creative Industry: HELPS – Requirements of Accommodation for Elderly People: MANDIE – Managing District Centres: SECOND CHANCE – Creative Reuse of Industrial Culture:

Regional Development by Innovative Transport Projects
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AMBER COAST LOGISTICS – Freight Traffic between East and Central Europe: DRYPORT – Realising the Potential of Inland Ports:

he transnational logistics project Amber Coast Logistics (ACL) aims to build multimodal logistics centres and thereby improve accessibility and transport streams in the Southern and Eastern Baltic Sea region. The 20 project partners from Belarus, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland include representatives from ports and logistics locations, local authorities and research institutes. Together, they promote economic cooperation between the South-Eastern Baltic region, its natural hinterland - Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan - and Central Europe to provide impulses for long-term growth. Until March 2014, the project partners are working jointly on three core issues: They will examine the influence that laws and policies have on transport organizations and commodity flows. In addition, an action plan to promote multimodal transport struc-


tures will be developed. Underpinning this is, amongst others, a study on the economic development opportunities in the Baltic Sea region prepared by the Hamburg Institute of International Economics. Finally, the aim is to translate the results into practice. Since the kick-off meeting in October 2011 in Hamburg, ACL has organized several workshops. At the third meeting in early November 2012 in Warsaw fi rst studies and status quo analyses have been presented. The latter include EU transport regulations as well as studies on various aspects of accessibility of regions.

INTER-REGIO-RAIL – Regional Rail Transport: RAILHUC – Cities and Regions as European Transport Hubs: SCANDRIA – Infrastructure and Economic Development: SONORA – Infrastructure and Economic Development: TRANSITECTS – Transalpine Freight Traffic: VIAREGIAPLUS – West-East Connection:

Energy Efficiency in Town Planning and Housing
LONGLIFE – New Buildings’ Energy Efficiency: URB.ENERGY – Integrated Urban Development Concepts:

Spatial Planning Strategies to Adapt to Climate Change
BALLAST WATER OPPORTUNITY – Managing Ballast Water: BALTSEAPLAN – Spatial Development on the Sea: C3-ALPS – Adaption to climate change in the Alps: CLISP – “Climate-Proof” Spatial Planning: LABEL – Flood Risk in the Elbe River-Basin:
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