ESPON at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019

The European Week of Regions and Cities is the most important event on EU Regional Policy. For four days cities, regions, programmes and European Institutions showcase, in more than 100 workshops and debates, their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

Starting in 2013, the event brought this October in Brussels about 10.000 participants decision-makers to practitioners, experts, researchers and journalists from the local, regional, national and European level. 

ESPON EGTC had an impressive presence one more time in the European Week of Regions and Cities organising 9 sessions as Lead Partner, 7 "ESPON Talks" with stakeholders while participating as Partner to another 11. We will be also having a stand on Territorial Data in the Exhibition Area, together with the Eurostat, EJRC and others. ESPON we will be also present in the Masterclass on Cohesion Policy. Below you can see an infographic of our presence in the EWRC 2019. And if you are interested to know more about the outcomes of our sessions you can find attached to this article a short presentation for all of them.


All the events took place in the SQUARE Convention Center, with the exception of the ETRF final conference that was held in the Committee of the Regions

Below, you can find the list of all our events and if you follow the links you will be redirected to the dedicated page we created for each one of them.

8 October 2019

09.15-10.45 A macro-regional tool in the making: evidence from ESPON and inputs to post 2020

11.30-13.00 Shrinking Rural Regions and Spatial Justice

13.00-13.15 "ESPON Talk" about green infrastructure with Tim Delshammar (City of Malmö) and Bernice den Brok (ESPON EGTC)

14.00-14.15 "ESPON Talk" about the scenario for the Baltic Sea region with Alda Nikodemusa (VASAB)Luciane Aguiar Borges (Nordregio), Mathilde Konstantopoulou (Ministry of Economy and Development of Greeceand Sandra Di Biaggio (ESPON EGTC)

14.30-15.30 Territorial Data

14.30-16.00 Circular Economy as a strategy for cities and regions

14.30-16.00 ESPON - Green Infrastructure: enhancing ecosystem services for territorial development

16.30-19.00 Digital Innovation in Urban Environments

16.30-16.45 "ESPON Talk" about green infrastructure with Gemma García Blanco (Tecnalia) and Michaela Gensheimer (ESPON EGTC)

9 October 2019

09.15-10.45 UDN Neighbourhood, town, city or functional urban area? Defining the territorial focus of future urban strategies

09.15-10.45 The role of local and regional governments in monitoring and reporting progress on localizing the SDGs

10.15-10.30 "ESPON Talk" about how cities adapt to population ageing with Erik van Ossenbruggen (Ecorys)Paul McGarry (Great Manchester Combined Authority) and Piera Petruzzi (ESPON EGTC)

11.30-13.00 Healthy ageing in cities and regions: inspiring examples to frame the future

13.30-13.45 "ESPON Talk" about Territorial Impact Assessment with Igor Caldeira (CoR)Bernd Schuh (ÖIR)Eleftherios Stavropoulos (EC DG REGIO) and Marjan van Herwijnen (ESPON EGTC)

14.30-16.00 Local youth works and territorial trends in youth unemployment

14.30-17.00 A new territorial narrative for the future of Europe

14.30-17.00 The importance of developing better basic services for sparsely populated / underpopulated areas

16.30-19.00 Macro-regional strategies: ESPON contribution to the spatial dimension in BSR and EUSALP

10 October 2019

09.00-12.00 Masterclass "Research and resources for EU cohesion policy: current practice and prospects at programme and project level"

09.15-10.45 Fighting food waste while boosting local economic activity

09.15-10.45 #EURegionsWeek UNIVERSITY: The regional socio-economic impact of the 4th industrial revolution

09.15-10.45 Better evidence on cross-border regions and INTERREG impacts

09.15-10.45 Understanding the economic impact of cultural heritage in European regions

11.30-13.00 The role of financial instruments in the regional ecosystem and territorial cohesion

11.30-13.00 Cities and regions role in European policy making

13.15-13.45 "ESPON Talk" about the financial instruments with Fiona Wishlade (University of Strathclyde) and Zintis Hermansons (ESPON EGTC)

14.00-14.15 "ESPON Talk" about cultural heritage with Christin Krohn (Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage) and Zintis Hermansons (ESPON EGTC)

Download the presentation


EWRC 2019 report.pdf

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