On the 24th of April Klaipeda City Municipality remotely presented the interim results of the currently prepared strategic development plan for years 2021 – 2030. During the live broadcast on the Municipality’s Youtube channel, the European Union’s funding opportunities and trends for 2021–2027 were presented together with the analysis of the current environment and resources of the city and the overview of directions of the strategic development plan, the results of the survey of the opinion of Klaipėda city residents and the focused survey.
The Mayor of the municipality of Klaipeda city has highlighted in his welcoming speech, that the stretegic plan, which is prepared for the upcoming decade, is held as a document, including all of the city’s visions and helping the city to move forward: “This plan is not just a simple paper, it contains serious strategic guidelines, when speaking about long-term municipality strategies in various sectors. It is a platform for our daily documents, according to which both the city budget and the activities of the Municipality itself are planned. The Strategic development plan is the basis for the Municipal investment plan, and the investment is the mechanism that gives the city the energy and strength to move forward . ”
During the live broadcast, regional politics expert Dr. Gediminas Česonis presented the possibilities and trends of European Union financing for the period of 2021-2027. Challenges facing Lithuania were discussed during the presentation, together with the European Union cohession policy after 2020, the European Commission prioroty objectives were highlighted, the planned European Union cohession funds distribution was presented and brief 2019-2020 Lithuanian reports to the European union for the semester were presented. Cohesion activities to combat emergency situations are analyzed (Covid-19).
Indrė Butenienė, Head of the Strategic planning division of Klaipėda city Municipality Administration, presented the analysis of the current environment and resources of the city in 2020. She also presented the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the city, that were highlighted during the meetings of the working groups held in January-February. She also reviewed the priorities of the current plan and the results of its implementation and discussed the identified strategic directions of Klaipėda city in 2021-2030, linking them with the Klaipėda city strategic development plan for 2013–2020 continuity and anticipated new ambitions.
Liutauras Kraniauskas, Doctor of Social Sciences, Head of the Center for Social Change Studies of Klaipėda University, presented the results of the survey of the opinion of Klaipėda city residents (2019). During the live broadcast, the data obtained during the interviews at home were presented, which were compared with the results obtained during the online survey. The municipality reminds that the report of the Klaipėda city residents’ opinion survey (2019) was prepared only on the basis of the answers received during the interview at the respondents’ homes, as this is the only way to ensure the involvement of all social groups in the survey.
Giedrė Strakšienė, Doctor of Social Sciences, researcher at the Center for Social Change Studies of Klaipėda University, presented the results of a focused survey of Klaipėda city residents (2020). The problem areas of the city identified during the group discussions were presented: pollution, fostering the concept of a green city, safety of cultural heritage and restriction of transport in the old town, fostering the seaside, security in the city and environmental management works. Issues of culture, education, art and cooperation between communities and institutions were singled out.
Those who were unable to participate in the presentation of the interim results are invited to review the Klaipėda City Municipality Strategic Development Plan for 2021–2030 can watch the video of the presentation of the interim results is available on the Municipality’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx3OXs-gREI and get acquainted with the material presented by the speakers, which is published in the Klaipėda City Municipality Strategic Development Plan 2021–2030 on the website: https://www.klaipeda2021-2030.lt/en/events/