New thinking on functional urban areas, polycentric territorial structures and cross border collaboration: contributions from ESPON research



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Nova Gorica, Slovenia

School Center Nova Gorica, Cankarjeva 10

16 May 2018 - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Cankarjeva 10
Nova Gorica

Demographic tendencies and climate change are a growing concern for planners and policy makers living in border regions in Central Europe, Serbia, Croatia and Italy. These challenges are compounded by spatial blindness across the border, underestimation of the advantages brought about by cross-border governance and provision of services and lack of commitment to genuine cross-border investments. Moreover, the challenges appear differently and with a different magnitude depending on the geographic characteristics.

The seminar will address these challenges and examine current ESPON research and European practices in planning, governance and provision of service in cross-border functional (urban) areas.

ESPON offers scientific expertise to policy makers who seek assistance in the design of cross-border functional (urban) strategies, innovative governance models, service solutions as well as post-2020 cross-border cooperation programmes in a way that most adequately addresses the geographically specific appearances of depopulation, brain drain and environmental challenges.  

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