A.S.A.P.

Efficient Administrative Structures as a Prerequisite for Successful Economic and Social Development of Rural Areas in Demographic Transition

Funding programme:
Total budget:
€ 1.8 M
Project duration:
2006–2008
The Baltic 21 Lighthouse project A.S.A.P. was approved for funding under INTERREG IIIB BSR in December 2005 and involved 38 project partners from Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Russia. 

The basic project idea stems from the specific need of rural areas for effective public sector strategies to safeguard their economic and social development. A prerequisite for this are efficient administrative structures at regional and local levels capable of creating and implementing adjusted policies. The A.S.A.P. project promotes the creation of such structures through activities in four parallel processes:

  1. Best practice transfer, model solutions and capacity building in creating efficient, administrative structures
  2. Utilisation of advanced forms of ICT for organising political and administrative processes and providing services for the citizens.
  3. Studies and model solutions on how demographic transition (population decrease, ageing of population) in rural areas creates new demands for citizen-related infrastructure provision and creates new potentials for the local economy
  4. Increased efforts to involve universities in regional development processes

Each of the A.S.A.P. project partners (municipalities, research institutes, local association) implements individual sub-projects in any of the four activity fields. In three overall project synergy conferences and specific working group meetings the partners exchange their experience in their respective pilot projects, look for synergies among the four activity fields and develop best practice handbooks and policy recommendations based on this combined, transnational experience. As a result, the specific demands of regional capacity building in rural areas and empowerment of local and regional authorities are brought into the national debates on administrative reforms.