Berlin – Hamburg: Cooperation on Digitization Signed
Berlin and Hamburg have signed an administrative agreement in the field of construction and planning at the end of July. The two cities intend to jointly implement, finance, develop and maintain digitization projects.
The sovereign tasks of the administration in the area of planning and building are highly complex and therefore resource-intensive. Digital tools can support those responsible for fulfilling these processes more quickly, securely and independently. The requirements for administrative experts in municipal administrations are often similar. It is obvious that municipalities are pooling their limited personnel, time and financial resources at this point, for example, to jointly develop projects and tools.
With the administrative agreement signed at the end of July, Berlin and Hamburg want to ensure efficiently and economically that the administrations in the area of construction and planning can also fulfill their sovereign tasks securely and independently in the digital area. Since both cities have similar administrative structures, they hope to achieve a particularly high level of synergies. In the spirit of the German Onlinezugangsgesetz (Online Access Act, OZG), which aims, among other things, to network the competencies of the federal, state and local governments, the administrative cooperation can be expanded.
The first project within the framework of the cooperation is intended to speed up the complex procedures involved in drawing up development plans. Hamburg Authority for Urban Development and Housing is leading the management of the project.