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ESPON Open Seminar “Territorial co-operation for growth and jobs”

Publication date:2013-05-15, Last updated:2013-09-14
The Seminar was organised in cooperation with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and took place in Dublin, Ireland on 13 and 14 June 2013.

ESPON organised a two day Open Seminar on "Territorial Cooperation for growth and jobs" in cooperation with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 225 people, including policy makers, practitioners, scientists and experts were welcomed by Jan O'Sullivan (Irish Minister of State), representatives of Dublin City Council, ESPON Monitoring Committee and Managing Authority. The Seminar addressed the contribution of Territorial Cooperation towards recovery from the economic crisis as well as the development of Operational Programmes 2014-2020. The purpose of this ESPON seminar was two-fold:

  • Allow policy makers, practitioners and researchers to share concrete experiences, discuss the use of territorial evidence and to identify options relevant to the Seminar theme;
  • Demonstrate  the usefulness and  capability  of  the ESPON  knowledge base at  this  critical  juncture between programming periods.

The first day aimed at stimulating a thorough discussion of recovery and resilience concerning the economic crisis on the basis of territorial trends and supporting evidence from ESPON projects. The seminar began by examining the territorial outlook in the short and long term and new approaches from policymakers for recovery and resilience. This plenary was complemented by the parallel workshop sessions in which ESPON projects reflected on the impact of the last crisis and the patterns, challenges and opportunities emerging across different types of territories.

The second day was structured within the scope of territorial co-operation and the envisioned thematic objectives of the Common Strategic Framework. This opening session highlighted the experiences of Territorial Co-operation programmes in responding to the effects of the economic crisis. A parallel workshop session provided evidence that can be used to identify opportunities and potentials to assist with operational programming processes for Territorial Co-operation programmes but also for European Structural and Investment Funds and public investment generally.

The seminar closed with an informal roundtable of the Seminar facilitators with plenary dialogue. It examined the general lessons from the seminar concerning recovery and resilience and implications for the role of territorial co-operation programmes and the demands for territorial evidence from the ESPON Programme.

In addition, the Open Seminar offered a toolbox session which gave insight on the tools, indicators and data made available by ESPON.

Presentations and more detailed information are available online at the ESPON Website.

 
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