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IPR Prague's Department of Strategy and Policy is tasked with meeting the City of Prague’s analytical and strategic needs.

It elaborates key strategic, conceptual and analytical documents with city-wide relevance, and recommends or sets up tools and mechanisms that allow for effective and systematic city planning.
This department is also responsible for the elaboration, evaluation and update of the city’s main development document – the Prague Strategic Plan-- and its accompanying implementation plans. Furthermore, it elaborates and coordinates the preparation of strategic projects, and monitors ties between existing and new strategies.

Strategic plan

A crucial tool for the strategic planning of city development is a realistic strategic plan which formulates a common vision for the city. It determines the principal development direction in the medium- and long-term and sets out the social and economic objectives for the city.

 

The Prague Strategic Plan, 2016 Update was adopted by the Prague City Assembly on November 24, 2016. The plan consists of three separate sections: the Analytical Section, the Proposal Section and the Implementation Section.

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What is also part of Strategic plan?

Mobility plan

Tune up Prague is a project by the capital city of Prague, which has given rise to a comprehensive plan for how to improve the growing urban mobility in the future. The Sustainable Mobility Plan for Prague and its environs is thus the capital city’s basic conceptual document for the area of transportation and its infrastructure. It resolves the organisation of individual (automobile), public and non-motorised transportation so that the city is not a jungle of traffic collapses. The necessity to resolve the transportation situation is based on the massive rise of the use of cars and the increasing environmental burden connected with this. The plan for the modernisation and replacement of the current Principles of the Transportation Policy of the Capital City of Prague valid since the year 1996.

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Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

It aims at reducing adverse climate change impacts trough nature-based solutions using natural vegetation patterns. The Adaptation Strategy also deals with conservation of water, soil and biological natural and landscape components and conservation and restoration of ecosystems resilient to climate change, thus contributing to natural disaster prevention. If nature-based solutions cannot be applied or are ineffective, suitable technological (also called grey) and soft measures, e.g. early warning systems or communication, education and public awareness/environmental education campaigns, will be used.

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Regional Innovation Strategy


The Prague Regional Innovation Strategy is an example of a specifically focused strategy that elaborates on selected objectives of the Prague Strategic Plan. Its goal is to develop the city’s potential in the field of research, development and innovation and to find a suitable role for the Prague city government in this process. It is intended for all those who have an interest in increasing the competitiveness of the capital and the domestic and international awareness of the city’s economic parameters and qualities.

The strategy also served to meet the ex-ante conditionality for using support from the European Structural and Investment Funds for the 2014 to 2020 programming period. It is thus a key foundation for priority axis 1 of the Operational Programme Prague – Growth Pole of the Czech Republic (see below). The innovation strategy is implemented through regularly updated 2-year action plans as sets of projects supported and often also implemented by the city.

The Strategy and Policy Section is responsible for the drafting, monitoring and evaluation of the strategy, as well as the implementation of selected projects.

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Creative Prague!


Creative Prague! is a strategic project of the Strategy and Policy Section.

Both culture and creativity work to raise the quality of life in any city. They can boost the economy and even encourage social development. Moreover, they can improve a city´s reputation on an international level and strengthen its citizens’ relationship with their community and their participation in local governance. The Creative Prague! project aims to contribute to the systematic culture and creativity development in Prague, in accordance with both the Prague Strategic Plan and other conceptual documents.

We want to create new connections between local government, the academic community, businessmen, NGOs and the creative department´s representatives, and encourage the idea of Prague as a lively and creative city.

Through projects we are implementing as part of this initiative in Prague, we endeavour to:

Systematize the data collection and administration in the cultural and creative sector;

Implement a cultural-conceptual approach;

Support creative business and make it more visible; and

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EU Cohesion Policy

In collaboration with Prague City Hall, IPR Prague played a key role in setting up the city’s priorities for the EU Cohesion Policy from the 2004-2006 programming period onwards.

The Strategic Planning and Policy section was in charge of elaborating the strategic part of the recent Operational Program Prague – Growth Pole of the Czech Republic, approved by the European Commission on June 6th, 2015. The Operational Program (OP) is conceived as a multi-fund program supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. Thematic areas of the OP include priorities of city development, e.g. sustainable mobility, energy efficiency, social inclusion, education, support of small and medium enterprises, and the knowledge economy.

 

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Comparing Prague with Selected EU cities


This study compares Prague with selected cities often regarded as benchmarks for the city-- Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna, Zurich and Copenhagen-- with regards to land use, housing policy and financial management.
 

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Comparison of Predicted Negative Externalities and Public Budget Costs of Two Zoning Plan Scenarios

 

In this paper, IPR focused on comparing two potential growth scenarios for Prague to the year 2030. The first scenario is based on the zoning plan from 1999 which is currently in use, and the second scenario on the proposed Metropolitan Plan that is currently being prepared to replace the 1999 plan. The main difference between these plans is that the new Metropolitan Plan proposes more compact and more intensive development.

The aim of the analysis is to compare the expected negative externalities of individual car transport and public transport costs for the two scenarios and to compare the land use characteristics of defined concentric zones.

 

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