The development of regions focused on their cohesion and boosting competitiveness belongs among basic objectives of the regional policy: each region should have an opportunity for its own balanced development complying with the potential and specific features thereof.
Strategy of the Regional Development of the Czech Republic valid for the period of 2014 – 2020 constitutes the basic instrument of the regional policy, which the Ministry is in charge of by virtue of law. It secures coherence of the national regional policy with the regional policy of the European Union and, in addition, with other sectoral policies having impact on the development of territory, and regionally targeted development programmes financed exclusively from national sources or co-financed from the sources of the European Union are based thereon.
Regional policy gives particular attention to specific issues of the development of towns and rural areas. Concerning rural development, the Ministry of Regional Development is a coordinator of its strategic planning through Rural Development Concept. The ministry helps municipalities also through methodical support, including practical publications (water treatment, buildings restoration, negotiations with investors etc.) and seminars or workshops. The ministry is also responsible for important instruments of rural development, e.g. CLLD or specific national funding programmes. It closely collaborates with the Technological Agency of the Czech Republic on applied research aimed at rural development and related topics.
Specific attention is payed to using of new technologies in urban and regional development with the general aim of improving quality of life in our cities. The Ministry of Regional Development provides methodological support for the implementation of the Smart Cities concept in urban governance, co-ordinates networking and sharing of good practice examples, including the best practice from abroad.