At its 4th meeting, the Regional Monitoring Committee (RMC) had to decide on a total of nine municipal projects. For the first time, the committee met under the leadership of its new chairman. With the change in the district administration from Bernd Lange to Dr. Stephan Meyer, the latter now also holds the chairmanship of the RBA in Lusatia.
The committee met at the Kulturfabrik in Hoyerswerda and focused on nine municipal projects with a total volume of around 49.5 million euros (federal funds). Once again, the focus of the projects was on the areas of public welfare and tourism and business-related infrastructure. Chairman Dr. Stephan Meyer: “With today’s decisions, we have launched projects in the areas of public services and tourism that will help make our region attractive for local people and skilled workers from outside. For the first time, the project sponsors were able to present themselves in advance to the Regional Monitoring Committee, thereby creating greater transparency and citizen participation. We will continue to expand this approach.”
In the end, the committee decided positively on all nine projects and prioritized them, including the Hoyerswerda Zoo project “Implementation of the Hoyerswerda Master Plan – Subproject: New construction in the Asian area”. “After the official start of the process last summer, we are already seeing the first effects of structural change and numerous projects that have gone through the RBA have also been able to receive funding decisions by the Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB) in the meantime and are going into implementation,” Meyer explained, adding “Each of us is aware that we must do everything we can to counteract the region’s need for skilled workers. One pillar of this is to keep people in the region. But it will be at least as important to convince other people to move to Lusatia. The settlement of research institutes that promote the transformation process of our home region will also contribute to this. It is all the more important that we continue to develop and launch good projects with the local people in order to create good framework conditions for future value creation and jobs.”
Numerous projects from past RBA meetings received funding notices
In a meeting that lasted several hours, the members of the RBA discussed new projects but also took stock of the projects that had been voted on in the first meetings. Meyer: “In such a meeting, we not only consider possible new projects, but of course also take stock. We were pleased to see that a number of project sponsors received their funding decisions over the summer. That is of course a good sign. It shows that structural change is picking up speed. We all want to support, drive forward and, of course, experience the transformation of Lusatia into a sustainable and innovative region in the heart of Europe. I see enormous commitment and passion in all areas and among all those involved. We all care deeply about the region and its future.”
In addition to the decisions on the municipal projects, the new rules of procedure of the Regional Monitoring Committee were signed by the chairman. Among other things, they include the possibility for the representatives of the interest groups or their deputies in the case of participation in a meeting of the RBA in the future to apply for payment of an expense allowance.
In its 4th meeting, the Regional Monitoring Committee (RMC) had to decide on a total of nine municipal projects. For the first time, the committee met under the leadership of its new chairman. With the change in the district administration from Bernd Lange to Dr. Stephan Meyer, the latter now also holds the chairmanship of the RBA in Lusatia.