ESPON 2020 Launch Seminar




2 June 2015 to 3 June 2015


Jūrmala – Latvia, 3-4 June 2015

The Launch Seminar of the ESPON2020 Cooperation Programme was organized in cooperation with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and took place on 3-4 June 2015 in Jūrmala – Latvia.

The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures of Luxembourg - Department for Spatial Planning and Development (DATER), which is the Managing Authority of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme, officially launched the ESPON 2020 Programme.

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All target groups and stakeholders of ESPON, policymakers, administrators, practitioners, representatives for all levels and sectors, universities and research organizations, who can benefit from and contribute to the ESPON Programme were invited to attend the event.

The European Commission, the Trio of EU Presidencies, the Committee of the Regions and other stakeholders were actively involved to the Launch Event with their policy insight and evidence expectations for new ESPON territorial evidence.

113 people, including policy makers, practitioners, scientists and experts were welcomed by the representatives of the Latvian EU Presidency, Jūrmala City Council, ESPON Monitoring Committee and Managing Authority.




The renewed ESPON 2020 was introduced and participants were informed on:

(1) how ESPON 2020 will be implemented, what is different to ESPON 2013;

(2) how stakeholders, researchers and experts will be involved;

(3) the type of actions and activities that ESPON 2020 will carry through;

(4) how to participate in the ESPON 2020 Programme and how to benefit from it.

Please find below the Programme and the presentations made during the event.

Further information



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Thiemo Eser-The approved ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme

  • Acrobat Document | 493KB

Philippe Monfort-Prospects for the review of the EU 2020 Strategy, the Juncker Plan and Cohesion Policy after 2020

  • Acrobat Document | 692KB

Pedro Campos Ponce-An EU Urban Agenda: From Riga to Amsterdam

  • Acrobat Document | 460KB

Adriana May-Use of Espon evidence across borders in programmes and EU macroregions

  • Acrobat Document | 814KB

Rasmus Ole Rasmussen-European Research Challenges for ESPON 2020

  • Acrobat Document | 2.73MB

Gavin Daly-Progress on European territorial evidence by ESPON Applied Research

  • Acrobat Document | 810KB

Michaela Gensheimer-Progress on European territorial evidence by ESPON Targeted Analyses

  • Acrobat Document | 975KB

Peter Billing-Progress on European territorial evidence by ESPON Capitalisation and Transnational Networking Activities

  • Acrobat Document | 608KB

Peter Billing-Progress on European territorial evidence by ESPON Monitoring and Tools

  • Acrobat Document | 949KB

Philippe Monfort-Uptake in European policy development, in relation to Cohesion Policy and Territorial Impact Assessment

  • Acrobat Document | 254KB

Slaven Klobucar-Territorial Impact Assessment

  • Acrobat Document | 309KB

Ilona Raugze-Use of ESPON Results by the Latvian Presidency

  • Acrobat Document | 699KB

Frederick-Christoph Richters-Use of the ESPON Results by the Luxembourgish Presidency

  • Acrobat Document | 1.88MB

Daniel de Groot-Outreach to national, regional and local authorities related to Cross-border Metropolitan Development and Urban Development

  • Acrobat Document | 537KB

Mathilde Konstantopoulou-ESPON's contribution to URBACT

  • Acrobat Document | 1.81MB

Thiemo Eser-The renewed Implementation Logic of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme

  • Acrobat Document | 797KB

Peter Mehlbye-The renewed ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme: Content envisaged

  • Acrobat Document | 458KB

Frederick-Christoph Richters-Priorities of the Luxembourgish Presidency 2015: Territorial Cohesion and Urban Policy

  • Acrobat Document | 698KB

Daniel de Groot-Priorities of the Dutch Presidency 2016: Territorial Cohesion

  • Acrobat Document | 172KB

Tibor Nemeth, Ida Vanakova-Priorities of the Slovakian Presidency 2016

  • Acrobat Document | 363KB