ESPON Policy Brief

Following the adoption of the Pact of Amsterdam in May, ESPON has developed a Policy Brief in which it puts the partnerships of the Urban Agenda in a wider Territorial Context. For each of the four pilot partnerships ESPON has given examples of the potential contribution.

ESPON mentions: “The Urban Pact recognises that a growing number of urban challenges are of a local nature, but require a wider territorial solution. The increasing global competition and independencies call for a wider outlook on development opportunities and challenges than before. It also means that cities need better benchmarking of their comparative advantages and openness towards cooperation with other cities.”

The Pact of Amsterdam stresses the need for evidence and recognises ESPON as a valuable contributor of specific research activities to the selected themes of the EU Urban Agenda. Indeed, territorial evidence can support the work of partnerships by helping to understand the diversity and territorial context of urban realities and to draw evidence-based policy proposals (either legislative or financial).

In order to demonstrate the potential contribution of ESPON to the work of urban partnerships, the Policy Brief aims at:
(1) showing examples of European-wide territorial evidence related to the first 4 partnerships of
the Urban Pact that reveals the diversity facing cities within the same urban theme;
(2) presenting some observations and policy considerations that are relevant from a wider
territorial perspective;
(3) informing the partnerships and all interested stakeholders of the approved plans to
provide new evidence on the priority themes listed in the Urban Pact within the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme.

You can read the full Policy Brief here.