News - 3 March 2017

ESPON Seminar

"Revealing territorial potentials and shaping new policies - Contribution to the post-2020 Cohesion policy debate"


Valletta, 24-25 May 2017 – In cooperation with the Maltese EU Presidency, the ESPON EGTC is organizing a seminar to contribute to the debate on the performance and future of EU Cohesion policy and to address territories with geographic specificities.

The Seminar is specifically addressed to policy-makers and programme authorities:

  • engaged in the design and/ or implementation of Cohesion policy, including its territorial cooperation objective;
  • developing and implementing policies in support of territories with geographic specificities;
  • engaged and/or interested in existing good practices and new territorial governance solutions to promote functional geographies and territorial cooperation.

Deadline to register is Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 15h00. Programme and registration here.

Stakeholder Proposals for Targeted Analyses

Next cut-off date is set for 23 June 2017

With the objective of contributing to policy demands and development strategies with tailor-made territorial evidence, ESPON Targeted Analyses offer the opportunity to bring the European perspective into policy and programming processes. Further information.

Read more about the ongoing Targeted Analyses and find out what ESPON stakeholders are looking for:

Open Calls

Targeted Analyses

Territorial and urban dimensions of digital transition in Europe, deadline 22 March 2017 at 10:30

Senior Scientific Quality Management, deadline 10 March 2017 at 14:00

Further information here

Regional Strategies – ESPON ReSSI Inception Delivery

Coventry City Council, Southern Denmark Region, Piedmont Region, Oeiras City Council, the four stakeholders of the targeted analysis ReSSI, address crucial questions to the research team in order to investigate how the Europe 2020 objectives can be promoted by local authorities, in the context of evolving landscapes of territorial governance and planning.

In their Inception Delivery, the Universities of Coventry, Copenhagen, Politecnico di Torino and Lisbon, have elaborated the conceptual and methodological framework and the general research context of the targeted analysis.

The delivery provides a first overview of the most prevalent governance systems in Europe and offers an outline of the opportunities and challenges for cities and regions following changes in governance in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

The Inception Delivery of ESPON ReSSI is now online at the ESPON Website.

Vacancies at the ESPON EGTC

The ESPON EGTC is hiring! There are three open positions (one year fixed term contracts):

1. Project Expert

2. Financial Expert/ Public Procurement

3. Administrative Officer

The deadline for applying is 24 March 2017 at 16h00. Further information here.

ESPON in your Country - Czech Republic

The ESPON Contact Point in Czech Republic, Institute for Spatial Development, has translated the publication “Making Europe Open and Polycentric - Vision and Scenarios for the European Territory towards 2050”.

The Czech version of the publication is available here. For further information, contact Lubor Fridrich and Jan Drbusek.

News from URBACT - Call for Cities “Good Practice”

URBACT has launched a Good Practice call for all European cities, no matter their size or geographical area, with the aim to promote, reward and transfer the great work they are doing in the field of integrated urban development. The Call is open until 31 March 2017. For more details visit the URBACT website.

Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy

Brussels, 8-12 October 2017 - The European Commission DG Regio, the Committee of the Regions and the Regional Studies Association in cooperation with the European Regional Science Association and the Association of European Schools of Planning, organise the 5th Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy which will be held in Brussels for PhD students and early career researchers during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

The Master Class is a unique format to connect young researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of and research on EU Cohesion Policy.

The deadline for applications is 9 May 2017. Further details, including Programme, Application Form, 2016 Master Class Proceedings at RSA Website.