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Lake Balaton Development Council
Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency

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Lake Balaton Development Council

Working together for the future of Lake Balaton…

LBDC considers it important to constantly pay attention to the actions and events taking place in the region in order to gain updated data about the ongoing economic, social and environmental processes, and to share this information with the public including institutions interested in the life and development of the area. Acting as a mediator, the Council is committed to facilitate communication and cooperation of organizations interested in the development of the region. The Act XXI of 1996 on spatial development and planning gave authority and guidance of operation to the Council.

Regional Jurisdiction
The Council has responsibility for all areas within the Lake Balaton Resort Area (LBRA). The LBRA comprises 180 municipalities, of which 18 are designated towns. The area of LBRA belongs to three different counties (Somogy, Veszprém and Zala). Since 2000, the region has been disposing its own independent area development plan and regulations (Act CXII of 2000 - Balaton Act). 
Permanent population of LBRA exceeds 274,000 inhabitants, which is supplemented with an additional 250,000 holiday home owners staying in the area temporary.

Members of the Council
The composition of the Lake Balaton Development Council and the number of delegates with voting rights are determined by the act on regional development in force.
Accordingly, the members with voting rights are the following: 

  • Representative of the minister responsible for strategic planning of regional development,
  • Presidents of the General Assemblies of the 3 competent counties (3 members),
  • Representatives the General Assemblies of the 3 competent counties (3 members),
  • Representatives of the ministers responsible for the implementation of the sectoral operational programmes (Ministry of National Development, Ministry for National Economy, Ministry of Human Capacities and Ministry of Agriculture) (4 members),
  • Representative of the Minister of Prime Minister’s Office.


Chairman of the Council (since December 17, 2010): dr. István Bóka, Mayor of Balatonfüred
The list of the Council members is available under Downloadable Materials.  


THE COUNCIL’S WORK

1. Determining the directions for development
Preparation for the programming period of 2014-2020 has been one of the most important tasks of the Council recently. Pursuant to the Act on regional development, elaboration of regional development documents is considered as a basic task of the Council. In 2014, LBDC reviewed the results of the previous programming period, determined the development objectives of the Lake Balaton region for the upcoming years, and elaborated its regional development documents, including:

  • Background Analysis;
  • Regional Development Concept (-2030);
  • Regional Development Programme (Strategy and Operational Programme) (-2020);
  • Elaborated project ideas - pursuant to key development objectives and priorities;
  • Integrated Regional Development Programme of Lake Balaton – revised version of the development programme in accordance to the sectoral operational programmes.

During the elaboration of planning documents, the Council received significant assistance from regional actors and experts, who contributed effectively to the elaboration of development ideas and tasks by reviewing and commenting the completed documents at local meetings and workshops.

The "Vision", which led the planning activities, was to develop and transform the Lake Balaton region into a place where it is:
  • Good to live;
  • Good to relax and recreate;
  • Good to work and establish enterprises.

After the approval of LBDC, the Concept and Strategic Programme were accepted by the central government and financial resources were determined for the implementation of the planned developments (Government Decision No. 1821/2015 (XI.12)).


2. Implementing programmes and projects pursuing the development goals
Beyond planning tasks, the LBDC also performs a vital role by stimulating regional developments, investments and projects through the allocation of funds and provision of grant programmes. Funding opportunities, determined by LBDC, contribute to achieve the objectives of the approved development programmes and to manage the emerging regional issues.

The supported areas are the following: 
  • Improving public security and water safety;
  • Developing coastal and other community areas,
  • Providing financial support for events;
  • Waste water treatment programme of small villages - supporting the installation of small-scale waste water treatment equipments.

The professional background work related to the operation of the Council is performed by the Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency (LBDCA).