ESPON Seminar - Territory matters: Keeping Europe and its regions competitive


On the 16th and 17th of June, ESPON organises the seminar "Territory matters" in Amsterdam. The event is organised together with the Dutch EU Presidency Council. The territorial dimension of the European regional competitiveness and the use of territorial evidence in relation to policy development are more and more important for regions and cities. This has also been recognised by the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU that highlights the importance of focusing on growth and jobs.

This ESPON Seminar offers an excellent meeting, networking and discussion forum and brings together policy makers, academics and experts to share latest territorial evidence and to debate issues and challenges around themes relating to the regional competitiveness. Keynote speakers will give deep insight and latest knowledge during the seminar.

The seminar programme will consist of a mix of high profile keynote presentations, themed sessions and panel discussion. In this context the following themes will be taken up during the event:

  • Competitiveness of European regions
  • Impact of EU policy on national spatial planning
  • Urban Agenda
  • Polycentric development at different scales
  • Cross border co-operation
  • Bottom-up planning
  • ESPON and the INSPIRE Directive

Policy makers, stakeholders, practitioners, scientists and experts who want to share their experience and learn from others are invited to gather and discuss themes and experiences relevant for the development of regions and cities at the ESPON Seminar.

The seminar has a maximum capacity of about 250 participants. It is free of charge but participants have to cover expenses for their own travel arrangements and accommodation. (Registration is closed).

The ESPON Seminar takes place at Marine Etablissement Amsterdam, Kattenburgerstraat 7, 1018 JA Amsterdam. 

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