On 11 September 2013, the EUKN organised a Policy Lab in Prague. The broad range of participants consisted of the Minister for Regional Policy and Tourism, Ministry of Regional Development, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), and Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC).
The central theme of this Policy Lab was the integrated territorial and urban strategies that bring together spatially sensitive policies and programmes to support economic, social and environmental change.
In view of the intertwined challenges that face European cities and regions, an integrated approach provides a way to address these challenges in coherence. Thus, in scope of the Policy Lab, the core elements of integrated development were identified as: area-based approach, integration of policy between sectors, and multi-level governance approach. Moreover, a number of international cases and European projects were presented with the aim of providing a deeper insight in territorial integrated development in practice.
As a conclusion, participants agreed upon the ineffectiveness of singling out one policy area when tackling environmental, social, and economic issues. During the afternoon sessions, they exchanged ideas about RFSC acting as a tool to assess integrated territorial strategies during the next EU programming method. The policy lab concluded with presentations of Czech city experiences with RFSC evaluation tool, followed by a discussion about the future steps of RFSC.