20 years of ESPON
Innovative evidence support for territorial policy-making - Perspectives for 2030


Kirchberg, Luxembourg

Banquet Room/Mezzanine at the European Convention Center

28 September 2022

Luxembourg 4, place de l'Europe
L-1499 Kirchberg

This year ESPON celebrates its 20 years anniversary and the new ESPON 2030 Programme was approved by the European Commission on 6 July 2022. 

It is now the moment to get together to look back and into the future. To think of those who started ESPON, accompanied ESPON over many years and those who will potentially be working with ESPON in the years to come.

We are therefore inviting you in Luxembourg where the ESPON Managing Authority and the ESPON EGTC are located to celebrate 20 years of innovative support for territorial policymaking and look forward in the future.

For any further information please contact: [email protected]


Programme summary

Message by Elisa Ferreira, EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform

Claude Turmes, Minister for Spatial Planning for Luxembourg hosting ESPON

Roby Biwer, Member of the Committee of the Regions

Message by Jan Olbrycht, Member of the European Parliament, Pres. of the URBAN Intergroup

Marc Lemaître, Director General DG Regio, European Commission 

Thiemo Eser, for the ESPON Managing Authority – 5 key milestones

Peter Mehlbye, former Director of the Coordination Unit (2002-2015) – 5 key moments

Ilona Raugze, former Director of the ESPON EGTC (2015-2020) – 5 key moments

Wiktor Szydarowski, Director of the ESPON EGTC - Introduction into the objectives and thematic activities under the Single Operation of the ESPON EGTC



ESPON 20 years final programme.pdf

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