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East West Window

Project's lifetime: June 2007 - December 2008
Budget: € 503 104

The main aim of the East West Window project was to accelerate the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) development through better connecting of the existing potentials within the Region.

The project:

  • promoted territorial integration of the North-West Russia and Kaliningrad into the Baltic Sea Region through joint spatial planning and development actions in the priority fields such as business development, transport and ICT development as well as in the sea use planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management,
  • diminished knowledge gaps within the Region on the character of development potential, its synergies and complementarities with potentials of other countries of the region, and on methods how this potential can be efficiently connected with the potentials of the regional partners,
  • served VASAB as a useful tool for its main goal to prepare the Long Term Perspective for spatial development of the BSR till 2030, in line with the encouragement of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

The outputs:

  • Assessment of unused innovation potential in NW Russia and recommendations on policy improvements for innovations in NW Russia from the BSR perspective;
  • Identification of spatial problems generated by innovation and in/out sourcing in NW Russia and assessment of their potential for the BSR integration;
  • Assessment of accessibility and trade flow perspective of NW Russia;
  • Policy recommendations on contribution of NW Russia to the joint efforts to improve connectivity and accessibility of the BSR;
  • Recommendations for improvement of the transnational planning methodologies in the field of transport and ICT development in the BSR;
  • Assessment of legal framework for co-operation of NW Russia in transnational sea use planning and ICZM;
  • Sea use register in Russia with relevant maps/GIS application;
  • Policy recommendations on legislative changes leading to involvement of Russian institutions in the management system for sea use planning and ICZM at the BSR level;
  • Recommendations on upgrading the instruments and tools for transnational sea use planning and ICZM accumulated at the BSR level based on the completed pilot activities;
  • Proposals for future investments in NW Russia in the fields of knowledge-based economy, transport and ICT;
  • Acknowledgment of the results at the political level (e.g. Northern Dimension, BDF, Baltic 21, VASAB, CBSS summits);
  • Institutional framework for co-operation with other BSR countries in the transnational sea use planning and ICZM.

More information and documents about East West Window project can be found here: http://www.vasab.org/east-west-window/

VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region till 2030

VASAB 7th Ministerial Conference on 16 October 2009 in Vilnius, Lithuania has endorsed the new VASAB Long Term Perspective. The Ministers underlined that during present times, new common responsibilities and challenges have emerged which call for deeper pan-Baltic co-operation on spatial planning and development and integration of spatial development policies into all relevant sectors. The present economic restructuring has different effects in different places. Place-based planning and development policies have to react on that. There is a growing understanding that the Baltic Sea itself is in urgent need of maritime spatial planning. The new Long Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (LTP) is an effort to define important challenges with a trans-national relevance and to illustrate how to deal with them.

Spatial planning is more than ever a cross- sectoral exercise and therefore in clear need of involvement of many actors. The array of actions in the LTP can only be identified, decided upon and implemented in close co-operation with other pan-Baltic organisations and partners from public as well as private sector. Common efforts are needed to fulfil them. Therefore, the LTP invites pan-Baltic organisations, institutions as well as national and regional authorities to co-operate in a transparent and efficient way.

The LTP identifies the most important assets, development trends and challenges affecting the long-term development of the Baltic Sea Region. It predicts the state of the Region in 15- 20 years as a result of joint efforts of countries and organisations; and presents the most important instruments and actions to guide the development of the Region towards territorial cohesion.

On 9-10 June 2005, the 13th Ministerial Session of the Council of the Baltic Sea States encouraged VASAB to update the vision of long-term territorial development of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Therefore, in the Gdansk Declaration of September 2005, the ministers responsible for spatial planning and development agreed to prepare a LTP with active participation of the regional authorities and in a dialogue with relevant pan-Baltic organisations.
Preparation of the LTP was coordinated by the VASAB Committee on Spatial Development. The document was deliberately profiled to certain policy sectors (urban networking and urban-rural relations, accessibility and transnational development zones, sea use planning and integrated coastal zone management) and developed by the thematic working groups.

The final draft of the LTP went through the concertation process by respective national ministries. It was also forwarded to all relevant organisations, both at the pan-Baltic level and in the BSR countries, to gather feedback on the content quality and on the feasibility to lead and be involved in actions stipulated by the document.

Attachments:

icon VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region
icon Background Synthesis Document

List of Members of the Committee on Spatial Planning and Development in the Baltic Sea Region

CHAIRPERSON

Mr. Olov Schultz

SWEDEN

BELARUS

Ms. Valentina Nazaruk
Ministry of Architecture and Construction
Address: Miasnikova str.39, 220048, Minsk
Phone: +375 172006260
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.mas.by

 

Institute for Regional and Urban Planning
Masherov Avenue 29
220 002 MINSK
Phone: + 375 17 33 40 063
Fax: + 375 17 33 40 441
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www.irup.by

DENMARK

Ms. Gitte Mondrup
Danish Business Authority
Dahlerups Pakhus
Langelinie Allé 17
DK-2100 COPENHAGEN
Phone: +45 3529 1000
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.erhvervsstyrelsen.dk

ESTONIA

Mr. Tiit Oidjärv
Ministry of Finance
Endla 13, 10122 Tallinn
Phone: +372 611 3128
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www.fin.ee

FINLAND

Ms. Tiina Tihlman
Ministry of the Environment
PO Box 35, FIN-00023 GOVERNMENT
Phone: + 358 50 304 1548
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.ym.fi

GERMANY

Federal level

Ms. Romana Selleske
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Invalidenstraße 44
10115 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 18 300 2634
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www.bmvi.de

 

Mr. Jens Kurnol
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development
Deichmanns Aue 31-37
D-53179 BONN
Phone: +49 228 99 401 2304
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www.bbsr.bund.de

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Ms. Gabriele Hoffmann
Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and State Development
Department of State Development
Schlossstrasse 6-8
19053 Schwerin
Phone: + 49 385 588 8043
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.regierung-mv.de

Schleswig-Holstein

Ministry of the Interior
Dusternbrooker Weg 104
D-24105 KIEL

LATVIA

Ms. Inguna Urtane
Ministry of the Environmental Protection and Regional Development
Spatial Planning Department
Peldu street 25, LV-1494, RIGA
Phone: + 371 6601 65 23
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.varam.gov.lv

 

Ms. Kristine Kedo
Ministry of the Environmental Protection and Regional Development
Spatial Planning Department
Peldu street 25, LV-1494, RIGA
Phone: + 371 6601 65 59
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www.varam.gov.lv

 

LITHUANIA

Ms. Algimante Treiniene
Ministry of the Environment
Construction and Territorial Planning Department

Spatial Planning, Urban Development and Architecture Division

A. Jaksto g. 4/9, LT-01105 VILNIUS

Phone: + 370 706 63623
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.am.lt 

 

 

NORWAY

Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation
Postboks 8112 Dep, 0032 OSLO
Visiting address: Akersgata 59
www.regjeringen.no

POLAND

 

Ms. Patrycja Artymowska
Ministry of Economic Development
Department of Development Strategy
Wspolna 2/4, PL-00-926 WARSAW
Phone: +48 22 273 75 73
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www.mr.gov.pl

RUSSIA

Federal level

Ms. Elena Rozhkova
Ministry of Regional Development of Russian Federation
Krasnaya Presnya str.3
123242 Moscow
Phone: +7 495 980 2547*22016
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.minregion.ru

St. Petersburg

Ms. Irina Karelina
ICSER "Leontief Centre"
7th Krasnoarmeyskaya street 25
190005, ST.PETERSBURG
Phone: + 7 812 314 41 19
Fax: + 7 812 319 98 14
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kaliningrad Oblast

Kaliningrad Oblast Government
Ministry of Economy
Strategic Planning and Socio-Economic Development Department
Dm. Donskogo 1
236007, KALININGRAD
Phone: + 7 4012 599 007
Fax: + 7 4012 599 063
www.gov.kaliningrad.ru

 

Kaliningrad Oblast Government
International Department
Dm. Donskogo 1
236007, KALININGRAD
Phone: + 7 4012 599 086
Fax: + 7 4012 599 084

Pskov Oblast

Pskov Oblast Administration
Commission for Property Relations
Nekrasova str. 23
180001 PSKOV
Fax: +8112 69 98 40
www.pskov.ru

 

Pskov Oblast Administration
Commission for Investments
Nekrasova str. 23
180001 PSKOV
Fax: +8112 69 98 40
www.pskov.ru

SWEDEN

Mr. Anders Lindholm
Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
SE-103 33 STOCKHOLM
Phone: +46 8 4053491
E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.sweden.gov.se

 
Ministry of the Environment
Tegelbacken 2, 103 33, STOCKHOLM
www.sweden.gov.se

 

Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSPD/BSR)

During the periods between the Ministerial Conferences VASAB is steered by the Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSPD/BSR). The Committee is composed of the senior representatives of the respective ministries as well as of regional authorities of Russia and Germany adjacent to the Baltic Sea (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein Lands in Germany, Kaliningrad, Pskov, Leningrad Oblasts and St. Petersburg representing NW Russian regions in Russia).

Until October 2009 the Committee was named the Committee on Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSD/BSR). The first Committee met in 1995 in Warsaw. In 1992-1994 similar functions were performed by the Group of Focal Points.

The main purpose of the Committee is to offer a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in spatial planning, to support Ministers to create common spatial policy perspective, to promote practical projects and to cooperate with other pan-Baltic organizations.

CHAIRMANSHIPS

VASAB CSPD/BSR chairmanship is one year long and is based on the CBSS chairmanship rotation principle.

During 1 January 2017 - 30 June 2018 is chaired by Mr Olov Schultz, Sweden. Priorities of the Chairmanship are available HERE.

Previously VASAB Committee had following chairs:

1. Mr Jan Kuligowski (PL): December 1992 - February 1994
2. Ms Sirka Hautojärvi (FI): February 1994 - December 1994
3. Mr Jacek Szlachta (PL): January 1995 - June 1995
4. Mr Bo Kjellen (SE): July 1995 - June 1996
5. Ms Dzintra Upmace (LV): July 1996 - June 1997
6. Mr Niels Østergård (DK): July 1997 - June 1998
7. Mr Aleksandras Gordevicius (LT): July 1998 - June 1999
8. Mr Terje Lind (NO): July 1999 - June 2000
9. Mr Bernhard Heinrichs (DE): July 2000 - October 2001
10. Mr Sergey Narishkin (RU): November 2001 - June 2002
11. Ms Ulla Koski (FI): July 2002 - June 2003
12. Mr Allan Gromov (EE): July 2003 - June 2004
13. Mr Zbigniew Rykowski (PL): July 2004 - December 2005
14. Mr Olle Lundgren (SE): January 2006 - June 2007
15. Mr Edgars Zalans / Mr Gunars Ansins (LV): July 2007 - June 2008
16. Mr Peter Pouplier (DK): July 2008 - June 2009
17. Mr Aleksandras Gordevicius (LT): July 2009 - June 2010
18. Mr Arve Skjerpen (NO): July 2010 - June 2011
19. Mr Wilfried Görmar (DE): July 2011 - June 2012
20. Ms Elena Chuguyevskaya (RU): July 2012 - June 2013
21. Ms Ulla Koski (FI): July 2013 - June 2014
22. Ms Martina Proosa / Ms Katri-Liis Ennok (EE): July 2014 – June 2015
23. Mr Jacek Zaucha (PL): July 2015 - December 2016
TROIKA

To ensure continuity of actions and prepare CSPD meetings, a Troika format is used. VASAB Troika is composed of the representatives of the previous, present and upcoming holder of the chairmanship.
At the moment Poland, Sweden and Latvia are the members of the Troika.

MEMBERS

List of Members of the Committee on Spatial Planning and Development in the Baltic Sea Region

History of VASAB

Political changes at the beginning of 1990's stimulated the need for long term vision and transnational spatial planning of the Baltic Sea Region. VASAB was founded in August 1992 at the Conference at Ministerial level in Karlskrona, which decided to work out a document "Vision and Strategies for the Baltic Sea Region 2010" and set up a Group of Focal Points from all interested countries and regions to monitor the work on the Final Report.

VASAB 2010. Towards a Framework for Spatial Development in the BSRThe work started in December 1992 and was successfully completed two years later, when the third Ministerial Conference in Tallinn adopted the Final Report under the title "VASAB 2010. Towards a Framework for Spatial Development in the BSR" (so called "Tallinn Report").

It has become not only an outline of spatial development perspective for the Baltic Sea Region and a useful basis for further strengthening and harmonisation of national and regional spatial planning policies, as Ministers wished in their Resolution, but also a handy compendium of very practical guidelines for further common works on projects development.

In it's resolution the Tallinn Conference also outlined an implementation programme, stressing the role of co-ordination between national and cross-baltic spatial planning, bilateral and multilateral partnerships in projects promotion, intensified exchange of experience, and transfer of know how and spatial research in areas of common interest promotion.

The Conference appointed a Committee on Spatial Development in the BSR (CSD/BSR) with a common interim Secretariat in Sweden to support the CSD in 1995 (the intention of the Conference was that Ministers monitor the ongoing work on annual meetings and next was scheduled for December 1995 in Germany). The CSD was given mandate to co-ordinate the common actions. The Ministers welcomed the intention of the EU Commission to support the implementation of the VASAB action programme, while improving the co-ordination among existing EU Funds and programmes. The CSD was asked to prepare proposals for the continuation of the VASAB 2010 beyond 1996 with special emphasis on future institutional arrangements and co-operation with other regional organisation.

Such a document was prepared and presented to the next, fourth Ministerial Conference convened in Stockholm - Saltsjobadan in October 1996 under German chairmanship, back to back with Environmental Ministers Conference. The Conference gave a very practical framework for all the Vision and Strategies implementation process in the document "From Vision to Action" and it''s "Stockholm Declaration on Sustainable Spatial Development Policy in the BSR". It also adopted "Common Recommendations for Spatial Planning of the Coastal Zone in the BSR"

The Conference focused on three dimensions of the future functioning of the Programme:

  • sustainability of development and support for drawing up Agenda 21 for the BSR,
  • sustainability approach demonstration in number of VASAB projects, many of them enumerated in the Declaration, together with the Common Recommendation for Spatial Planning of the Coastal Zone in the BSR,
  • common project implementation under INTERREG II C Initiative, supported by PHARE and TACIS and strict co-operation with INTERREG structures in the BSR.


VASAB 2010 PlusThe fifth Ministerial Conference in Wismar (Germany) in September 2001 summed up implementation and set up new goals in VASAB 2010 PLUS Spatial Development Action Programme, calling the CSD/BSR to give more attention to co-operation in the field of spatial development policy at national level.


VASAB contributed substantially to the process of preparing content side of operational programmes of Baltic INTERREG II C, III B and a concept of INTERREG IV Initiative.

Recognizing new challenges of the Region led by the EU enlargement, the sixth Ministerial Conference in Gdansk in September 2005 instructed VASAB CSD:
• to prepare a long-term perspective for the spatial development of the Region,
• actively influence preparation and implementation of transnational and cross-border territorial cooperation programmes ,
• actively take part in the European process of territorial cohesion (Rotterdam-Luxembourg process),
• stimulate and support projects that create model solutions,
• initiate and organise exchange of knowledge on spatial planning and development approaches.


The Long Term Perspective for the territorial development of the Baltic Sea Region, prepared for the period till 2030 was presented at the seventh Ministerial Conference in Vilnius in October 2009.

The eight Ministerial Conference in Tallinn on 26 September 2014 discussed the progress on implementing the VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region.

More information about VASAB activities and achievements in 1994-2009 can be found HERE

Key VASAB achievements and main events 1992-2014 can be found HERE

Contacts

VASAB Secretariat

Alberta iela 10
Riga, LV- 1010, Latvia

Phone: + 371 67350630
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Tālis Linkaits

Head of Secretariat

+371 22013305

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Alda Nikodemusa

Deputy Head of Secretariat

+371 67350627

alda.nikodemusa[a]vasab.org

 

 

 

Jana Patmalniece

Office Manager

+371 67350630

jana.patmalniece[a]vasab.org

 

 

 

Egija Stapkēviča

Project Coordinator

+371 28377878

egija.stapkevica[a]vasab.org

 

 

 

Elīna Veidemane

Project Manager (HASPS 2)

+371 26103756

elina.veidemane[a]vasab.org

 

 

 

Liene Stikāne

Spatial Planner

(NSB CoRe, Pan Baltic Scope)

+371 26441064

liene.stikane[a]vasab.org

 

 

Laura Melne

Communication Manager (Pan Baltic Scope, Let’s Communicate)

+371 28625489

laura.melne[a]vasab.org

 

 

Liene Strazdiņa

Communication Manager (Baltic LINes, NSB CoRe)

+371 29703572

liene.strazdina[a]vasab.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agita Pusvilka

Communication Manager (Let’s Communicate)

+371 29157518

agita.pusvilka[a]vasab.org

 

 

 

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