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Transformation process gains contour

At its 5th meeting, the Regional Monitoring Committee (RMC) had to decide on a total of five municipal projects. In Görlitz, the committee met for the first time under the leadership of its chairwoman Romy Reinisch, who holds the office for the district of Bautzen for the year 2023 as deputy to district administrator Udo Witschas.

The chairmanship of the RBA in Lusatia alternates annually between the districts of Bautzen and Görlitz. Of the projects presented, all projects with a total volume of around 44 million euros (federal funds) were positively approved and prioritized in the Görlitz pilot house. The focus of the projects was on the area of health care.

Romy Reinisch: “We all know that our region is facing enormous upheaval. On the one hand, it is important to make the region fit for the future, but on the other hand, it is also important to respond specifically to the needs of the local people. And it is precisely in the healthcare sector that Lusatia is facing major challenges, which we want to meet with today’s decisions. The demographic change in the region makes it urgently necessary for us to invest here.”

Companies and investors should also be convinced to settle in the region by implementing the numerous projects. “Nowadays, these soft location factors are incredibly important for investors. This also includes having modern technologies and equipment in the area of health care in Lusatia and ensuring that people do not have to travel long distances to see doctors, hospitals and so on. That, too, is part of a forward-looking and modern face of the region and has enormous significance for structural change,” explains Reinisch.

Moreover, with the project “Recreation and sustainable tourism at Scheibe Lake”, a major project of the city of Hoyerswerda has come one step closer to implementation. “Tourism is and remains one of the essential pillars of the region, so we welcome such a project, which should provide the Lusatian Lakeland with another attraction,” Reinisch elaborates.

These are the 5 projects

Plenum of the 5th Regional Monitoring Committee (RBA) – Photo: Saxon Agency for Structural Development (SAS)

In a meeting that lasted several hours, however, the members of the RBA not only exchanged views on new projects, but once again took stock of the situation. Reinisch: “Of course, you can see that everyone is very concerned about the region and its future and that each and every one of us is committed to ensuring that Lusatia establishes itself as a modern region in the heart of Europe. However, it is all the more important that we also regularly inform ourselves and exchange information about the progress of the projects that were positively approved in the previous meetings. After all, it must be ensured that all the money really does flow out at the end of the first funding period.”


Overview of the SAS to the positively decided projects (PDF)