Future of cohesion policy in territories with geographic specificities

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10 October 2018, Brussels

ESPON MEETING ON

FUTURE OF COHESION POLICY IN TERRITORIES WITH GEOGRAPHIC SPECIFICITIES

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Background

In the morning of 10th October (between 9.30 and 11.00), a European Week of the Regions and Cities event is organised by the European Commission and the ESPON programme. During this event, DG REGIO will present their recent study looking into how the Member States are using the possibilities for supporting and strengthening the development of islands, mountains and sparsely populated areas through EU Cohesion Policy. Preliminary results from the ESPON BRIDGES study will also be presented, which explores possible strategies to address opportunities and challenges linked to these specific territories.

As the morning session lasts only 90 minutes, there will only be time for presentations and panel debates with a few questions. The afternoon session is designed as a participative follow-up event, allowing all participants to present their own opinions and proposals on these topics.

Thematic focus

Discussions will be organised around three wide themes:

  • Addressing demographic change,
  • Providing the transport, accessibility and services of general interest needed for territorial development,
  • Linking natural and cultural heritage and tourism, as part of local economic development.

Within these topics, we will seek to identify issues that occur in territories with geographic specificities, and how cohesion policy could better help to address them. The objective is not to ‘single out’ territories with geographic specificities, but to approach them from the perspective of their interactions with neighbouring territories, the region and country they belong to

 Programme

14.30 – 14.45 Welcome – brief overview of outputs of the morning session
– Presentation of participative session
14.45 – 14.55 Introduction to first topic: Addressing demographic change
14.55 – 15.25 Group discussions
15.25 – 15.40 Reporting back to plenary, synthesis and comments by panel
15.40 – 15.50 Introduction to second topic: Transport, accessibility and services of general interest
15.50 – 16.20 Group discussions
16.20 – 16.35 Reporting back to plenary, synthesis and comments by panel
16.35 – 16.50 Coffee break
16.50 – 17.00 Introduction third topic: Linking natural and cultural heritage and tourism, as part of local economic development
17.00 – 17.30 Group discussions
17.15 – 17.30 Reporting back to plenary, synthesis and comments by panel
17.30 – 17.45 Concluding remarks by panel, perspectives on outputs may feed into debates on the design and implementation of cohesion policy.

A synthesis note presenting outputs from the discussions will be produced and sent to all participants