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Volume 35, Issue 2

Cooperation and Mutual Relationships of Cities and their Hinterlands with Regard to the Operation of EU Integrated Development Instruments

Jan Binek / Zdeněk Opravil
  • Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava, 30. Dubna 22, 701 03 Ostrava
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Published Online: 2016-06-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/quageo-2016-0015


This paper deals with the institutional and factual readiness of cities and villages in the Czech Republic to use Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI). On the basis of a questionnaire survey carried out in May 2014 among representatives of 69 municipalities around the core cities of Brno, Jihlava, Olomouc and Hradec Králové - Pardubice as well as a comparison of several model agglomerations, it identifies the main problems and proposes solutions to them. The main theme of this paper is to evaluate the formation of partnerships of municipalities and the process of creating integrated strategies for metropolitan areas. The paper also deals with the relationships and functional links between cities and villages and their hinterland, the common development issues and the existing structures of cooperation and communication. In the conclusion possible recommendations are given to improve the ITI functioning in the Czech Republic on the basis of both, the assessment of the situation in the Republic itself and the reflection on developments in other EU countries.

Keywords: integrating instruments; Integrated Territorial Investments; development of cities; hinterlands of cities; Czech Republic


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Received: 2015-01-27

Revised: 2016-03-21

Published Online: 2016-06-15

Published in Print: 2016-06-01

Citation Information: Quaestiones Geographicae, Volume 35, Issue 2, Pages 59–69, ISSN (Online) 2081-6383, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/quageo-2016-0015.

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