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German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development (project partner 05)

The German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development is a politically independent registered association with an approved non-profit status.  
The Project partner (PP) joins the project on the one hand as a representative of national interests (the German Federal Ministry of Transport co-finances the PP) and as support to the PP4 in the activities concerning the Dresden, Erfurt and Halle/Leipzig hubs. The PP can revert to 60 years of experience in horizontal and vertical cross-sector communication and to 15 years of transnational cooperation. Being an independent know-how exchange platform, the German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development connects its project experience with its political activities (scientific/political advice) and aims at conveying them to most diverse groups of actors affected, thus contributing to the policy inclusion of the RAILHUC results.

 Activities and Plans

In General 
The German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development (DV) has strong relations to projects, networks, cities and states that in particular TEN 1 and TEN 22 are located in. Its jobs have a clear focus on  networking, stakeholder management, political communication and information. In this sense, all existing hubs of the RAILHUC network will be of relevance for DV. With reference to the CGMR, the support of communication structures and of the creation of an integrated region (in terms of transport) including the eleven cities and hubs is foreseen. 
The view will also lead to the peripheral regions and their (dis-)connection to the hubs. This is regarded as a contribution to sustainable and  future-oriented transportation not only within the hub regions but also to ensuring service of mobility supply to these regions. 
Another major issue will be the joints to the West-East network/corridors and their intelligent interrelation.
Due to its general orientation and aims, the German Association intends to enhance national as well as EU-political discussions referring to  urban/regional/structural policy and to feed discussions with perceptions from its networks, working groups or projects.


Communication Issues
Close communication to politics/Administration; use of internal media (small reports, fact sheets, bilateral meetings, workshops/briefings, press talks and  briefings, general communication to the Federal Ministry of Transport (GER), participation with speakers in selected events, network creation with economic decision-makers that have a stake in the project issue. Stakeholder management. Communication/networking with other related associations. Interface to related projects and initiatives. Conference and workshops where sensible.
The German Association organises working groups and commissions consisting of public, private, scientific (etc.) actors that discuss relevant issues of  urban and regional development and elaborate recommendations for policy development. The issue of public transport development may become an additional topic.
The German Association is on the way to set up an initiative to organise a transnational platform, linking existing projects and initiatives in the North  and Central European region between old and new EU member states. Into a discussion and consultation process, common statements concerning the development of a Scandinavian-Adriatic corridor region have been formulated together with affected regions. Finally, an event in Brussels informed relevant European and national actors involved in transport and cohesion policy about existing demands and suitable concepts for the further development of the region. A follow-up is on the way looking at relevant current EU decisions and strategies. This follow-up should even refer more intensively to regional/smaller scale transport networks. 
Also, statements concerning political consultations are an important working field for the association. Acting either as a single association or together  with other stakeholders with similar interests, we develop and submit position papers – especially concerning cohesion and transport policy (Europe 2020, TEN-T, Green Bbooks on territorial cohesion and creative industries, TAEU…). Processes of policy development concerning TEN-T and (regional) public transport will be narrowly followed and influenced whenever possible.

Link to the German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development website concerning the RAILHUC project:

http://www.deutscher-verband.org/cms/index.php?id=railhuc#c857