“Territorial Development in Europe:
Potentials and Challenges for Iceland, Liechtenstein,
Norway, and Switzerland – and for the European Union”
Brussels, 11 March 2014
Timing: 16h00 – 18h00
In the development of the European Union the neighbouring EFTA countries play a particularly important role as partners in driving Europe forward in the world, as markets for exchange of goods, innovation and people, etc. For Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland the European Union plays a similar role.
Territory matters more and more in development policy. Globalisation creates new markets further away and increases the dependencies of economies and the need for connections that was not known 10-20 years ago. Furthermore developments in European countries and the EU influence developments in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, and vice versa.
Inside Europe, the diversity of development potentials and challenges are nowadays recognised and integrated in EU policy. The fact that diversity prevails make tailor made regional and national policy mixes necessary. This in turn, requires a solid and reliable territorial evidence base to support an efficient use of scarce resources and the necessary growth in the “right” places.
Aim and Structure
In cooperation with the Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE, Switzerland, the ESPON 2013 Programme organises a conference to present and discuss ESPON evidence on the territorial development of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The conference intends to present and debate development potentials, challenges and scenarios addressing some of these issues:
- Territorial development and cooperation: Additional options for Partner States and EU Member States jointly contributing to European smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
- International, national and regional gateways: Options for jointly stimulating growth, providing services of general economic and social interest.
- Transport corridors and flows of goods, people and information: Promoting important infrastructures and sustainable connections between EU and Partner States, and to the wider world markets, such as through Arctic waters.
- Territories with specific potentials and challenges: Harvesting upon the territorial diversity of specific types of territories and supporting areas in need.
The discussion will be supported by a ESPON Territorial Observation no.10 that will be available before the conference.
A roundtable discussion at the end of the conference will allow high-level representatives from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the EU to discuss and exchange on common initiatives for growth and territorial cohesion.
When and Where
The Conference takes place on 11 March 2014.
Place du Luxembourg 1
B - 1050 Brussels
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This Conference is organised within the framework of the
ESPON 2014 Capitalisation Strategy / Actions related to European Seminars and Workshops
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