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  • ESPON Workshop

    “Polycentric Territorial Structures and Territorial Cooperation:
    What, where and how?”


    Brussels - 14 September 2016

    10 August 2016 - For many years, polycentricity has been regarded as a concept of a favourable territorial structure of Europe that should be promoted in order to ensure accessibility of jobs and services to inhabitants in the regions using the accumulated capacity and potential of urban nodes, working jointly, borrowing each other’s strengths and exploring comparative advantages together.

    In order to discuss the potentials for further development and practical application of this concept, ESPON EGTC and the EU Presidency of Slovakia have agreed to prepare a Policy Brief focusing on polycentric territorial structures and territorial cooperation.

    The aim of this policy brief is, firstly, to contribute to further considerations on a potential EU Territorial Reference Framework which could support relevant policy processes, such as the update of the EU Territorial Agenda post 2020 and the development of EU Cohesion policy post 2020. Secondly, the Policy Brief will offer some guidance to policy makers for a wider use of certain territorial governance and territorial cooperation arrangements to support polycentric networks in the EU.

    The Brief will be guided by questions on:

    • What has been done in terms of European policy development so far?
    • Where are the opportunities for more polycentric development in Europe?
    • How policy makers at European, national, regional and local level could engage in territorial cooperation arrangements to support further polycentric development?

    The workshop will be used as an opportunity to present and discuss the policy brief with key stakeholders who have been engaged in developing and supporting polycentric territorial structures and co-operation practices at different territorial scales – European, macro-regional, cross-border, national, regional etc. The outcome of the discussion will be used to formulate policy-relevant recommendations on building successful territorial governance structures and territorial cooperation practices that would support further polycentric developments around Europe. At a more general and strategic scale, the outcome of this workshop can be used as an input to further debate on future long-term and mid-term territorial orientations of EU policies.

    After the workshop the policy brief will be finalised and submitted for debate at the EU Directors’ General meeting on territorial cohesion in Bratislava on October 3, 2016.


    The workshop is targeting policy makers and practitioners at European, macro-regional, cross-border, national and regional level.


    5 September 2016 - the registration is closed as we have reached the maximum number of registrations.

    Space is limited, the room allows for no more than 30 participants.


    The ESPON Workshop takes place on 14 September 2016 at the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU.


    Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU

    Avenue de Cortenbergh 107

    Brussels, Belgium

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    Please don’t hesitate to contact ESPON ( should you need further information.

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