ESPON seminar "The role of functional areas for territorial cohesion"


The registration is open until Sunday 9 June 2019 at 23h59.


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Iași, Romania

Congress Hall Palas

19 June 2019 - 9:00am to 20 June 2019 - 2:00pm

Strada Palas nr. 7A, clădirea A1
700051 Iași
Tel: +40 232 208 825

The ESPON seminar “The role of functional areas for territorial cohesion” is organised in cooperation with the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in the framework of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme, which aims to support policy development for promoting territorial cohesion and harmonious development of the European territory.

People are increasingly mobile and developments don't stop at administrative borders. Moreover, policy decisions and actions reach beyond administrative borders. This means geographies for policy making are not aligned with the geographies affected. Policy-making using functional areas should overcome these challenges.

This seminar will look into how the scale of policy intervention can be matched with the scale of developments by using functional areas. What is the role of functional areas for territorial cohesion? How can areas in decline profit from policy-making using functional urban areas? How can development in functional areas be measured?

Furthermore, the seminar will provide insights to the latest ESPON evidence on many of the topics related to the territorial cohesion debate regarding financial instruments, green infrastructure, circular economy, refugee flows, youth unemployment, geographical specificities, cultural heritage, territorial impact assessment, land-sea interactions, big data, and urban-rural linkages.

The seminar is aimed at policy makers, stakeholders, practitioners, scientists and experts who are interested in understanding the development challenges and potential of their territory in a wider context and implementing policies ‘on the ground’ and how ESPON evidence can support these processes.

You can already register for the event and download the draft programme. Return to this page often for updates.


Draft Programme 19-04-2019.pdf

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Practical Information including hotels.pdf

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