City-hinterland cooperation as motor for regional development in the South Eastern Baltic

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Total budget:
€ 0.9 M
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Regional development

SEBco is a follow-up project of the BSR INTERREG IIIB project "South Baltic Arc", which was completed in May 2005 and was likewise led by the Ministry for Transport, Building and Regional Development Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany).

The South-East Baltic Sea Region, the so-called "South Baltic Arc", is characterised by medium-sized cities lying in the "development shadow" of large growth centres such as Berlin, Warsaw, Vilnius and Riga. The regions' urban centres, therefore, do not profit adequately from this prosperous development, but are constantly loosing functions and population. Hence they do not give impulses to the South Baltic Arc, which is suffering from post-socialist transformation problems, negative migration processes, limited financial and human capacities and weak transport systems.

The project objective was to enable medium-sized cities to become motors for regional development in the South Baltic Arc. 

To achieve this objective, an inter-institutional and international approach was used:
  • The core partners, regional administrations, regional development agencies, business associations and universities possess expertise in all aspects of regional development. Additional competence can be found in-house or in closely related organisational units. Thus, SEBco generated results that exceed expectations from traditional monosectoral approaches.
  • All regions in the South Baltic Arc have to deal with similar development problems. SEBco provided an arena for experts and stakeholders to exchange existing experiences and to discuss new approaches within the South Baltic Arc and beyond. Furthermore, it linked small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). On this basis, innovative planning tools and model solutions were developed.