ESPON Seminar "New Narratives for Territorial Development" on 5-6 December 2018 in Vienna


5 December 2018 to 6 December 2018

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Day 1 of the Seminar

Day 2 of the Seminar

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Context and objective

The ESPON seminar “New Narratives for Territorial Development” was organised in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council in the framework of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme. The Seminar took place on 5-6 December 2018 in Vienna.

The objective of this seminar was to discuss new narratives for territorial development in the context of the renewal of the Territorial Agenda 2020. It also debated on how place-based policies can impact mid-term and long-term Cohesion Policy goals. Keynote speakers examined the historical context of EU territorial development as well as the current state of play and possible future scenarios for the possible evolution of the European territory.

Furthermore, the seminar provided insights to the latest ESPON evidence on many of the topics related to the territorial cohesion debate regarding migration, labour market, public services, climate change, spatial planning, governance and others.


The audience consisted of policymakers, stakeholders, practitioners, scientists and experts who were 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.


The programme included workshops, interactive policy labs and sessions with high profile keynote speakers from the Austrian Presidency, DG Regio, Academia and representatives of the ESPON projects. 

Some of the topics debated:

  • Looking Back to Look Forward: Towards New Narratives for Territorial Development
  • A New Territorial Agenda Post-2020: Delivering More Effective Governance
  • Emerging Narratives for a New Territorial Agenda Post-2020

Further information

You can find below the gallery the programme of the Seminar and the presentation given at the event.

More pictures are available here.


Seminar programme

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Andreas Faludi

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Andres Rodriguez-Pose

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Andreu Ulied

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Bernd Schuh

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Carlos Tapia

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Efrain Larrea

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Elissavet Lykogianni

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Gemma Garcia Blanco

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Helka Kalliomaki

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Ilona Raugze

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Jason Begley

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Julia Wengert

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Kai Bohme

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Katharina Erdmenger

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Kenneth Walsh

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Laura Todaro

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Laurent Frideres

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Luciane Aguiar Borges

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Marco Zoppi

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Maria Prezioso

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Martin Gauk

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Michaela Gensheimer

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Nathalie Verschelde

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Nicolas Rossignol

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Radu Necsuliu

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Sue Kidd

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Tobias Chilla

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Valeriya Angelova

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Practical information.pdf

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List of attendees.pdf

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