About International Cooperation

„Spatial planning is a key instrument for establishing long-term, sustainable frameworks for social, territorial and economic development both within and between countries. … Spatial planning is particularly important for countries in transition, since it can provide a way of managing and steering development, thereby creating a more stable climate for development and investment.“

SPATIAL PLANNING. Key Instrument for Development

and Effective Governance with Special Reference to Countries in Transition,

UNECE, Geneva, 2008

Competences of the Republic Agency for Spatial Planning in international cooperation in the area of spatial planning are determined by Article 75, item 5 of Law on Planning and Construction (“Official Letter of RS”, No. 72/09, 81/09 - correction, 64/10 - Constitutional Tribunal, 24/11, 121/12, 42/13-CC, 50/13-CC). This cooperation is achieved in accordance with the determinations of the Republic of Serbia in terms of Euro-integrations, and is aimed at promoting the process of planning through harmonization of spatial development indicators and policies and implementation of internationally established priorities, standards and principles. In the given context, international cooperation is achieved through various activities, with the following as the most important: 

  • Follow-up and gathering of international documents in the area of spatial planning;

  • Implementation of internationally accepted principles during preparation of planning documents;

  • Establishment of contacts and cooperation with relevant international organizations as well as international, national and regional institutions in charge of spatial planning and spatial development issues;

  • Participation in international projects in the area of spatial planning and spatial development;

  • Participation in international seminars and workshops both within the country and abroad;

  • Development of internationally harmonized indicators for the territory of the Republic of Serbia;

  • Gathering and monitoring of national plans and strategies of the neighbouring countries in order to harmonise spatial and developmental policies.

European cooperation in the area of spatial planning and spatial development is conducted primarily within the programmes and activities of the European Union and the Council of Europe, i.e. European Territorial Cooperation / INTERREG (including ESPON) and the Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT) in which the Republic Agency for Spatial Planning took an active role in the period 2003-2005. Besides participating in various international conferences, seminars and workshops, Republic Agency for Spatial Planning took part in the implementation of following international projects and initiatives since its establishment: 

  • "Franco-Serbian Forum for Spatial Planning and Regional Policies" (Forum franco-serbe pour l'aménagement du territoire et les politiques régionales/ Француско-српски форум за просторно планирање и регионалне политике) (2003-2007)

  • "Data and indicators of Western Balkans", ESPON activity 097/2005, (2005-2006)

  • "The Spatial Development Concept of Interregional Co-operation in the Danube Space - DONAUREGIONEN", INTERREG IIIB CADSES NP, (2006-2008)

  • European Union Strategy for the Danube Region - EUSDR, (2009-2010)

  • "The Spatial Development Concept of Interregional Co-operation in the Danube Space – DONAUREGIONEN+", Transnational Cooperation Programme South East Europe - SEE, (2009-2012)

  • Building capacity for INSPIRE Directive and ESPON 2013 Programme in the Republic of Serbia, G2G10/SB/6/2, (2010-2011)

  • "Assessing Territorial Attractiveness in SEE - Attract-SEE" (2012-2014).

Republic Agency for Spatial Planning became a corresponding member of European Council of Spatial Planners / Conseil européen des urbanistes - ECTP-CEU in November, 2010.

Department for international cooperation is in charge of coordination of international cooperation. The Department includes:

Tijana Zivanovic, MSc, spatial planner, Head of Department

(tijana.zivanovic@rapp.gov.rs)

Olivera Radoicic, spatial planner, Project Manager

(olivera.radoicic@rapp.gov.rs)

Jelena Bisevac, economist, Project Manager

(jelena.bisevac@rapp.gov.rs)