ESPON Seminar: «Revealing territorial potentials and shaping new policies – Contribution to the post-2020 Cohesion policy debate»
The debate on the performance and perspectives of Cohesion policy is one of the key topics on the European policy agenda in 2017, European policy-makers and stakeholders have mobilised their resources to provide inputs and ideas on better policies, better funding and better knowledge.
Regions and cities are facing different combinations of growth potentials and development challenges: economic, environmental and social. Rather differentiated territorial patterns and specific territorial characteristics exist, influencing the development of regions and cities. The Territorial Agenda takes this aspect into consideration by promoting «place-based strategies to address local conditions». Cohesion Policy promotes an integrated and territorial approach that can be adjusted to local needs and opportunities.
In this light, the ESPON seminar in Malta will contribute to the debate on the performance and future of EU Cohesion policy by highlighting and discussing new evidence on future development challenges, territorial potentials and new governance solutions for achieving European policy targets at national and regional levels. At the same time, it addresses one of the themes of the current Maltese presidency of the Council of the European Union on territories with geographic specificities. In particular the seminar will discuss an integrated approach to promote development in different types of territories and on the role of territorial cooperation in support of EU Cohesion Policy, including the policy orientations and knowledge contributions that ESPON can provide to support EU, national and regional policymakers. In this context it will address the selection of investment priorities, as well as the identification of complementarities and synergies with other (neighbouring) regions.
The objective of the Seminar is to promote the use of existing and new upcoming ESPON territorial evidence in policy-making by:
- fostering dialogue and networking among researchers and practitioners on how to make use of new and innovative ESPON territorial evidence and policy advice to deliver effective responses to territorial development challenges and support specific territorial potentials of European regions and cities;
- discussing the practical use of ESPON knowledge base in given policy frameworks and allowing policy makers and practitioners to formulate and further precise the demand of knowledge towards ESPON;
- building complementarities and synergies of ongoing ESPON research activities in support of key policy processes;
- raising awareness of policy-makers on available ESPON evidence support.