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


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.  

The event programme is available below.


Cross-border planning, governance and public services

  • Acrobat Document | 2550KB

Čezmejno prostorsko načrtovanje, upravljanje in javne storitve

  • Acrobat Document | 2587KB

Pianificazione territoriale, governance e servizi pubblici in ambito transfrontaliero

  • Acrobat Document | 2571KB

Agenda and Practical Information

  • Acrobat Document | 355KB

ESPON evidence for cross-border policies

  • Acrobat Document | 125KB

Key challanges in cross-border areas - Tomaž Miklavčic

  • Acrobat Document | 3301KB

Cross-border public services (CPS) - Sabine Zillmer

  • Acrobat Document | 3453KB

Development of E-Health in EU (Slovenia) - Prof.dr. Mirko Vintar

  • Acrobat Document | 429KB

ESPON ACTAREA Soft territorial cooperation for integrated territorial development

  • Acrobat Document | 878KB

How to enhance cross-border cooperation - Ana Nikolov (AEBR)

  • Acrobat Document | 648KB

ESPON SPIMA Spatial Planning in Metropolitan Areas - Peter Austin

  • Acrobat Document | 2681KB

Territorial Reference Framework - Kai Bohme

  • Acrobat Document | 2650KB