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  • ESPON Open Seminar

    “Opportunities and threats for territorial cohesion:
    Blue Growth and Urban Poverty”


    Nafplion - Greece, 4 and 5 June 2014

    20 March 2014 - The Open Seminar "Opportunities and threats for territorial cohesion: Blue Growth and Urban Poverty" is organised in cooperation with the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union within the framework of the ESPON 2013 Programme.

    This event takes place at the crossroads of two programming periods; while the last projects of the 2007-2013 funding period are wrapping up, European regions and cities are actively engaged in preparing their new Operational Programmes for the 2014 – 2020 Structural Funds period. At the same time, the European Commission is working on the 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion that will offer new insight into regions’ progress in these areas and how the EU, national and regional governments have contributed.

    With its Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU pursuits a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth that is creating jobs. New growth opportunities such as blue growth shall enable regions and countries to move forward and surpass both, economic recession and jobless growth.


    The two priorities of the Hellenic Presidency, namely blue growth and urban poverty, will be examined in the context of the current economic crisis with the two-fold purpose of

    (1) Allowing policy-makers, practitioners and researchers to share concrete experiences, discuss the use of territorial evidence and identify development options relevant to the two themes;

    (2) Demonstrating the usefulness and capability of the ESPON knowledge base for policy-makers, practitioners and researchers alike.

    Wednesday 4 June 2014: Blue growth

    The first day is fully dedicated to blue growth. It will give ample opportunity to discuss the sustainable growth potential in maritime areas and the contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. The seminar will begin by looking into the maritime dimension in the delivery of the growth and jobs agenda. A subsequent session will be more practice oriented, presenting and discussing concrete projects, strategies and policies in the field of maritime policy.

    The plenary is complemented by parallel workshops in which ESPON projects reflect on blue development opportunities related to European seas, coasts, islands and the mainland. The workshops will help providing evidence towards the recognition of blue growth as a key driver to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The first day will close with a plenary giving the latest ESPON transnational networking activities an opportunity to exchange on their work.

    Thursday 5 June 2014: Urban poverty

    The second day accommodates different thematic plenary sessions that aim at stimulating discussion on the relevant topics and project results. The day will kick-off with a slot that will link the economic crisis with urban poverty. It will give information on the territorial dimension of poverty in general and allow relevant ESPON projects to present their final results.

    The second plenary session of the day will allow learning about the territorial diversity of impacts of regional resilience to the financial and economic crisis and the visions for Europe in 2050. The last plenary session is focused on ESPON Scientific Platform projects and on analytical tools.

    The seminar will close with an informative slot on ESPON 2020.


    Policy makers, practitioners, scientists and experts, who want to know more about the ESPON evidence or who are already involved in defining, producing and using the results of ESPON.

    Colleagues from the neighbouring EU countries participating in the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (i.e. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) are most welcome.

    The seminar has a maximum capacity of 250 participants. It is free of charge but participants have to cover expenses for their own travel arrangements and accommodation.


    Please fill-in the online form available here. Deadline to register is 21 May 2014 at 15h00.


    Please note that, due to the popularity of the location in summer time, accommodation is a major issue in Nafplion city. We recommend to book the hotels listed in the practical information ASAP.

    Bus transfers

    You can find below the list of bus transfers that the Greek Presidency will organise for the participants.

    Please also note that if you find accommodation outside the city of Nafplion, transportation to and from the venue of the seminar can`t be guaranteed.

    When and Where

    The ESPON Open Seminar takes place on 4 and 5 June 2014 in Nafplion, Greece.


    Fougaro Historical Industrial Space

    98, Asklipiou str. -211 00 Nafplio

    More information

    You can find below the programme of the event and practical information. Please don’t hesitate to contact the ESPON Coordination Unit ( should you need further information.


    This event is organised within the framework of the ESPON Capitalisation Strategy
    (Actions related to European Seminars and Workshops).

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    Programme Version 21 March 2014 PDF 440.31 KB
    Practical information PDF 627.67 KB
    Bus transfers Version 16 April 2014 XLS 43.00 KB