Joint action of Baltic metropolises towards the development of coordinated investment approach in the Baltic sea region

Период: 01.01.2004
- 01.01.2006
Программа: INTERREG


Государственный эмеритус ученый, профессор 

Dr. sc. ing., Dr. habil. sc. ing.
Игорь Кабашкин
Факультет инжeнерных наук

Academic degree and current position in TSI: Professor,, leading researcher of the Engineering Faculty, Director of PhD Programme “Telematics and Logistics”.

Previous Experience: Founder and President of Transport and Telecommunication Institute for over 15 years, Vice-rector for Research and Development Affairs for more than 10 years

Membership: Member of the Joint OECD/ITF Transport Research Committee (OECD – Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, ITF – International Transport Forum), Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Corresponding Member of Latvian Academy of Science, President of Latvian Transport Development and Education Association, President of Latvian Operations Research Society, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal «Transport and Telecommunication», Member of the board of the Journals “Transport”, “Technological and Economic Development”, “Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering” etc.

Academic experience: Author of more than 600 academic and research publications, author of 68 patents. Expert of the Latvian Council of Science in Civil and Transport Engineering, Chairman of promotion council for PhD degree in Civil and Transport Engineering, Chairman of Professor Council in Telematics and Logistics.

Teaching at post- and graduate level: 45 years of pedagogical experience in university; courses: Research Methodology (PhD programme); New Trends of Telematics and Logistics Development (PhD programme), Research Methodology (MSc programme), Theory of Systems and System Analysis (MSc programme), Transport Policy (MSc programme), Intelligent Transport Systems (MSc programme), Reliability Engineering (BSc programme) etc.

Participation in projects: has participated in 37 international projects (in 26 projects as national coordinator of the projects) and 26 Latvian research projects and programs (in 23 as head of the projects) within the frame of COST Activities, Horizon 2020, Framework Programs, INTERREG etc. 

Research Interests: Transport Telematics and Logistics, Smart Cities, Analysis and Modelling of Transport Systems, Intelligent Transport Systems, Reliability of Electronics Systems, Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, Information Technology Applications, Electronics and Telecommunication, Decision Support Systems, Avionics, Air Traffic Control Systems and others.

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses: Supervisor of 9 PhD theses and more than 200 Master and Bachelor theses.

Awards: 2 Gold and 5 Silver Medals of International Research and Innovation Exhibition of Innovators (1985-1990); Honorary title “Latvian Honored Inventor”, Latvian Parliament (1989); Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology, USA (1998); Award and memorial medal for outstanding research in computer science and informatics,  Latvian Academy of Sciences (2001); Award and memorial medal for outstanding performance of research in air navigation, communication and radar technology, Latvian Academy of Sciences (2002); Certificate of Recognition as a significant contribution to the research and educational work in the transport, logistics and information technology, as well as on the international success in science, Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia (2014); Certificate of Honor of the Latvian Academy of Sciences for research in the field of transport and logistics (2019).


The overall objective of the project is to promote balanced economic development of the Baltic Sea Region thereby increasing its competitiveness on the European and global area. The specific project objective encompasses the promotion of sustainable development of the Baltic metropolises through creating a coordinated approach to investment planning and management in the metropolitan areas. Creating an implementing investment strategies that respect the individual strengths and competitive advantages of each the metropolis within the framework of the development perspectives of the Baltic Sea Region will create a greater impact on the reduction of the East-West divide than chaotic and uncoordinated attraction of incidental investments, which fail to generate the desirable long-term effect.


The Project is partly financed by the EU Initiative program and co-financed by 4 project partners — Riga City Council, Vilnius City Municipality, Tallinn City Government and Baltic International Centre of Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS).

The specific project activities will be implemented in the three Baltic States- Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. In particular it will take place in the metropolian areas of the Baltic States.

Project Background

As the European Union embarks the ten new member states a number of challenges arise. The risk persists that limited capacities of the new member states and rigid practices of the old ones may lead to strategic decisions that would lack innovative approaches. Along with under-utilisation of the available funds and instruments this might put the new member states in a situation where they are not capable in gaining sufficient speed for cohesion consequently causing unpredictable distortion of the enlarged single market. The upcoming enlargement will have an inevitable impact to various spheres of life around the Baltic Sea.

Metropolises, the ones on the eastern side of the sea, in particular, are playing an increasing role in the forming regional market. Unless a co-ordinated intervention is in place the process might lead to increased development disparities among the Baltic Sea Region countries. The Baltic metropolises are well on the way to join the bunch of the larger urban regions like Berlin that are the drivers behind Baltic Sea Region’s economic development. Too often the locally focused approaches to various development issues are not coordinated on the regional level and thus fail to bring the desirable effect. The project aims at promotion of sustainable development of the Baltic metropolises through creating a coordinated approach to investment planning and management in the metropolitan areas.

The project deals both with designing the strategies, improving the investment management processess, working with the different stakeholders whose cooperative attitude is crucial to the goals of the project, as well as increasing availbality and accessibility of information to support the implementation of the developed approach.

Strategic focus

Use a common approach to coordinating investment management in Baltic metropolises based on their competitive advantages within Baltic Sea region.

  • Improve investment environment by increasing the availability of investment- related information in comparable and common format across Baltic Sea region.
  • Involvement of stakeholders in process of definition, elaboration and enforcement of investment strategies to ensure their sustainability.
  • Process analysis to ensuere continuity of project results. Raising- of-awareness about the implemented project and the achieved results.

Planned Results

Coordinated investment strategies of the BALTMET INVEST metropolises that are based on the competitive advantages of each metropolis in the framework of developing the Baltic Sea region into an important economic force.

  • Common internet portal with on- line connection and data exchange with the individual local websites providing investment information in Baltic Sea region. On- line database (in the portal) with at least 150 investment objects in the Baltic metropolises.
  • Political approval of the prepared investment strategies, created cooperation networks locally and across the Baltic Sea region
  • Created best practice for coordinating investment management across baltic Sea Region, information about project disseminated to stakeholders and the general public, strategy for expansion of the BALTMET INVEST cluster prepared.

Work Packages

All project activities are divided into four Work Packages:

  • Work Package 1— Development of coordinated investment strategies;
  • Work Package 2— Increasing of the availability and accesibility of investment- related information;
  • Work Package 3— Networking;
  • Work Package 4— Dissemination of results;

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