by Pylypenko Vadym

On January 26, 2022, the border regions became part of the constructive discussions and expert presentations within the Round table on the topic of «CBC Mobility Plan» of the MOBI project, implemented under the Hungary – Slovakia – Romania – Ukraine ENI CBC Programme 2014-2020.

The event was initiated by Self-government of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County (HU), with the support of Maramureş County Council (RO) and Satu Mare County Council (RO), International Association of Regional Development Institutions “IARDI” (UA), and Košice Self-governing Region (SK), with direct participation of the representatives of border regions, local governments, heads of departments of urban planning and architecture and experts from Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine. The Round table was held in a combined mode.

The meeting began with welcome speeches of Istvan Petrushka, Deputy Head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration (Ukraine) and Istvan Sabo, Vice President of the General Assembly of the Self-government of Szabolcs–Szatmár–Bereg County. They emphasized on the importance and uniqueness of Zakarpattia and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg regions. They also stressed that the existing border infrastructure and mobility require significant expansion of the existing network, reconstruction and formation of new transport corridors and communications. Also, the importance of cooperation between local governments and executive authorities of the Carpathian region in the field of spatial planning was emphasized. Thus, stressing the importance of the MOBI project and the high activity of its participants.

In addition, Brigitta László, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Council (Hungary), Cristina Stern, Satu Mare County (Romania), Mihaela Liţe, Maramureș County Council (Romania), Dominika Kovacheva, Košice self-governing region (Slovakia), and Nataliya Nosa, Executive Director of International Association of Regional Development Institutions “IARDI” (Ukraine) have greeted the participants of the Round table.

The Round table was divided into several panel discussions with presentations on various topics from the representatives of different countries, specialties, local governments, heads of departments of urban planning and architecture and experts.

Thus, within the first panel discussion Nataliya Nosa presented the tasks and results of the “MOBI” project. Highlighting the topic of this panel, she also emphasized in her presentation the specifics of the participants work and cooperation in the “MOBI” project, as well as the great contribution of each of the project participants in its implementation.

Within the second panel discussion on the topic «Mobility in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County» experts Zsolt Hörcsik, Dénes Szilágyi, Róbert Vass, and Zoltán Kovács gave speeches. In their presentations, the experts highlighted various issues of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, namely:

  • spatial planning of water transport and alternative modes of transportation;
  • railway and air transport;
  • cross-border and intermodal transport and electric mobility;
  • public and freight transport.

The third panel discussion was held in the format of a plenary session on “Regional development and planning tools for border regions” topic. Ede Dudás, main architect of the Self-government of Szabolcs–Szatmár–Bereg County, Mykola Pihulyak, Head of the Department of the urban planning and architecture of Zakarpattia Regional Administration, Martin Pukančík, Head of the GIS department of Kosice Self-governing Region, Sorina Radu, councilor at Chief Architect department of Maramures County Council, Ionut Militaru consultant at Territorial Administrative Unit Satu Mare provided presentations during this plenary session. Speakers have spoken about:

  • planning scheme of Zakarpattia region, as well as general plans of settlements;
  • spatial data of regional infrastructure in the Košice self-governing region;
  • regulations and tools of regional planning in the border regions of Maramures County;
  • mapping and visualization of Satu Mare County.

Ludmila Kozlovska, Reinhold Stadler and Zinovij Broyde presented the national parts of the mobility plan during the fourth panel discussion. Speakers presented:

  • the current state of the project, analysis of the obtained information of the survey, which is based on the data collected in the Satu Mare county;
  • cross-border, international, interregional, local connections in line with the EU strategy for the Danube region.

The event demonstrated various mapping tools implemented within the project, as well as demonstrated the results of the implementation of these tools and formed a clear structure for collecting, processing and visualizing information.

Press Center of the International Association “IARDI”

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