Spatial Plan of the Republic of Serbia in the light of Digital Agenda for Europe 2020

Živković, Ljiljana (2014) Spatial Plan of the Republic of Serbia in the light of Digital Agenda for Europe 2020. REAL CORP 2014 – PLAN IT SMART! Clever Solutions for Smart Cities. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 1005-1013.

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European Union (EU) needs to overcome and counteract negative effects of the global economic crisis. In this respect, EU has decided to strategically build its social, economic and other development potentials, and to make them able to respond efficiently and effectively on dynamic life and work challenges within Information Society paradigm. Therefore, European Commission (EC) has adopted and, since March 2010, has implemented the Europe 2020 strategy. Its aim is to establish preconditions for common vision of sustainable future in Europe by 7 flagship initiatives, directed to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth throughout EU Member states as well as Candidate states and other bordering regions. Therefore, in order to assure further increase in standards of life in Europe while facing sharp demographic ageing and increasing global competition, one of those Europe 2020’s 7 initiatives –namely, Digital Agenda 2020- has been launched for ‘smart growth’ implementation. This Agenda consists of common digital priorities and set of targets needed for full utilization of ICT enabling role in every Member states and other relevant territories relying on knowledge and innovation of its citizens. It is expected that wider and better deployment of ICT capabilities, particularly broadband Internet within social and economic domains, would improve daily life quality for both businesses and citizens in Europe, including better health care, more efficient transport solutions, easier access to public services and cultural contents, cleaner environment, etc. In the same time, spatial planning and plans, especially those on national level, present platform for long-term and strategic thinking, planning, directing, coordinating, implementing and managing development policies and decisions from different domains within certain territories. Because of these characteristics, national spatial plan should be one of crucial policy instruments in any country for Digital Agenda 2020 priorities and ‘smart growth’ features implementation. On one side, being development blueprint of each country, national spatial plans have role to provide territorial dimension for integrated, balanced and coordinated implementation of different sectoral policies and interests; on the other side, national spatial plans have obligation to promote various and progressive territorial cohesive development principles for inclusive economic and society development in future. Based on the above recognised national spatial plans strategic role in each country development process, the aim of the article is to identify potentials and capacities of national spatial plan in Serbia for implementing Digital Agenda 2020. To this end, national spatial plan, namely Spatial Plan of the Republic of Serbia 2010-2020 (Plan), is reviewed and analysed in order for relevant Digital Agenda 2020 digital priorities and targets to be recognised and evaluate, and proposal for ‘smart development’ features and policies integration to be made. Also, since mentioned Spatial plan is adopted in 2010, and Serbia is lagging in ICT advantages utilization in general, expected lacks in support to digital technologies objectives and solutions implementation within this document should provide relevant information and argument for its revision in future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital Agenda for Europe 2020, national spatial plan, smart development, digital priorities, territorial cohesion
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 12:36
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2016 12:36

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