Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • ESPON Workshop

    “European second tier cities
    in cohesive territorial development”


    Berlin - Germany, 1st of June 2016

    18 April 2016 - Europe's second tier cities are important growth poles. They play a vital role within their national urban systems and often even perform better than their capital cities. The economic crisis has had a major impact on many second tier cities and more than 75% of them experienced a drop in their GDP during 2007-2009. After catching-up before the crisis, the gap between capitals and second tier cities has begun to widen again.

    This workshop will look at how second tier cities in Europe have fared throughout the economic crisis and how they managed to emerge of the economic turmoil. The role of these cities in supporting a polycentric and cohesive territorial development will be the key focus of the event. ESPON will present updated evidence in this respect, while the ESPON Contact Point for Germany will give an overview on the development of the urban system in Germany over the past ten years. A panel of policy makers/practitioners from second tier and capital cities will then discuss ways of reinforcing the momentum of second tier cities' development. The workshop will conclude with an informative part on ESPON tools that can be useful for cities.


    A warm welcome is extended to policy makers, stakeholders, practitioners, scientists and experts, who are interested in the topics addressed at this workshop and who want to influence the further European policy processes on territorial issues and support the use of European territorial evidence for policy development and ESIF programmes’ implementation.


    Attendance is free of charge to registered participants. Registration is required and can be done HERE until Friday 27 May 2016 at 15h00. 

    When you have registered for the ESPON Workshop you will receive a voucher code that you can use to get your free ticket. Please note that the room allows for no more than 50 participants.


    The ESPON Workshop takes place on the 1st of June 2016 at the Metropolitan Solutions 2016 in Berlin.


    Metropolitan Solutions 2016

    CityCube Berlin

    Level 3, Raum R13

    Messedamm 26

    14055 - Berlin, Germany


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

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