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Zipping and Innovating Development Planning of the Cross-Border Slovak-Ukrainian territory


Project partly financed by Norwegian Finance Mechanism and Budget of Slovak republic.

Goal of the project is to closely tie cooperation in the Slovak - Ukrainian cross-border region in the sphere of planning of development activities through a joint innovative planning process so as to face socio-economic and environmental threats to the project target region on one hand, and utilizing its potential for local economic development on the other. 

Why this project?

Project activities:

  1. Creation of the Project Expert Working Group (PEWG).
  2. Survey of the current situation in the project target region in the sphere of development planning, analysis of the possibilities of their closer integration (zipping), or eventual elimination of contradictions.
  3. Preparation of the local development cross-border strategy.
  4. Preparation of the concrete common cross-border project proposals.
  5. Development and promotion of recommendations for regional and local self government.
  6. Dissemination of the project results.

All activities will be jointly implemented and intensively communicated within the Slovakia-Ukraine-Norway project partnership, including the other experts involved.

What will be in the end of the project?


Kick-off conference of the project 
„Zipping and Innovating the Development Planning of the Cross-Border SK-UA territory“, 

was organised 9th of March 2016 (Wednesday) at 8.30 a.m  

The conference is primarily designated for all those who:
•    have been actively participating in the development planning of the Eastern Slovakia and the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine (spatial planning, economic, social, and sectoral planning)
•    wish to participate in improving cooperation between Slovakia and Ukraine, particularly of the Eastern Slovakia and the Transcarpathian region.


08:00    Registration
08:30     Opening of the Conference (Jaroslav Tesliar, Agency for the Support of Regional Development Kosice)
09:00     Philosophy of the project (Andrej Steiner, Carpathian Development Institute, Kosice)
09:30    Global threats and their impacts on development at the local and regional level (Oto Hudec, Technical University, Kosice)
10:00    Local planning processes in the context of global threats – Norwegian experience (Jørn Holm-Hansen/Sigrid Skålnes, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo)
10:30    Coffee break
11:30    The current planning processes at regional and local level in Ukraine and Slovakia (Mykola Pihuliak, Zakarpattya Regional State Administration, Užhorod and Martin Jergus, City of Kosice)
12:30    Discussion
13:30    Lunch
14:30    Greetings from Kirkenes, information about activities of Sør-Varanger municipality in the area of cross-border cooperation (Liza Stepanova, Sør-Varager Municipality)
15:00    The Strategy for Slovak-Ukrainian Cross Border Cooperation until 2020 – challenges for its implementation (Vladimír Benc, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Prešov)
15:30     Experience with implementation of the cross-border cooperation between Norway and Russia (Jørn Holm-Hansen/Sigrid Skålnes, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo)
16:30    Existing experience of the cross-border cooperation between Ukraine and Slovakia (Valeriy Hrishchenko, Agency of Regional Development and Cross Border Co-operation “Transcarpathia” of Zakarpattya Oblast Council)
17:00    Discussion
17:30    Closure of the Conference

pptx  KICK-OFF - Yashina

pptx  KICK-OFF - Šteiner

pdf  KICK-OFF - Stepanova

pptx  KICK-OFF - Skålnes

pdf  KICK-OFF - Pihuliak

ppt  KICK-OFF - Jerguš

pptx  KICK-OFF - Hudec

pptx  KICK-OFF - Holm-Hansen