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The Territorial Agenda 2030 has been developed in a long process involving many players and discussions. With the adoption of the document, the actual work starts putting the objectives and priorities into practice.

 

The below blog contributions share insights concerning the elaboration of the Territorial Agenda 2030 as well as its communication and application in various countries and policy domains.

 

The Territorial Agenda 2030 is available HERE.

by Directorate-General for Territory

Upcoming Virtual Conference: Putting the Territorial Agenda 2030 into practiceOn 6 May 2021, 10h00 till 15h00 CET, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) and the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) promote the public conference ‘Putting the Territorial Agenda 2030 into practice - Local and regional pilot activities to strengthen spatial development in Europe’.

by Dr. Philipp Schwartz and Bernhard Schausberger, Interact*

Interreg contribute to the implementation of the Territorial Agenda 2030Both the TA 2030 and Interreg would benefit from a close interlinkage. ‘Small’ Interreg projects can provide valuable contributions for the ‘big’ Territorial Agenda! The relation and interdependence between the TA 2030 and Interreg programmes and projects should not be understood as David vs. Goliath, but as a team being composed of players with different skills and resources!

by Directorate-General for Territory

Keywords TA2030This week is an important one for rural areas. The Territorial Cohesion Team of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union would like to highlight:

 

  • the Agrifish - Agriculture and Fisheries Council, where the Common Agricultural Policy and rural development were discussed (March 22 and 23);
  • the Network of Territorial Cohesion Contact Points meeting (March 23), which section C was dedicated to the ‘Territorial Agenda and the Future of Rural Areas’, where synergies between the Territorial Agenda 2030 and the Long Term Vision for Rural Areas were identified;
  • and, integrated in the ‘Rural Vision Week: Imagining the future of Europe’s (March 22-26), a fringe event (March 25), ‘Territorial Agenda 2030: a Future for All Places, a Future for Rural Areas’.

by Elisa Vilares and Patrícia Moreira

Time to act on the Territorial AgendaWith a recently adopted solid strategic framework for territorial cohesion, the EU and Portugal now face the challenges of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of results.

by Directorate-General for Territory

InteractUnder the headline ‘Territorial Cooperation Agenda 2030: Bringing Territoriality into Interreg’, Interact will promote an event on March 16 2021, targeted at representatives from European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg) programmes as well as Territorial Agenda 2030 stakeholders which are interested in finding out and discussing how Interreg can contribute to the implementation of the Territorial Agenda 2030.

by Directorate-General for Territory

ESPONOn February 18, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union boosts a virtual joint session of reflection and debate dedicated to the sharing of experiences and discussion on the state of play and next steps of the Territorial Agenda 2030 pilot actions.

Promoted by the Directorate-General for Territory in collaboration with the ESPON EGTC, this live virtual laboratory is restricted to the Member States most directly involved in these pilot actions and to other relevant partners and observers, such as the European Commission.

by Kai Böhme

The Territorial Agenda 2030 has been adopted. On 01 December, the ministers responsible for spatial planning, territorial development and/or territorial cohesion came together for a virtual informal meeting. At this meeting they adopted the Territorial Agenda 2030 and launched a first set of six pilot actions. With this the German EU Presidency concluded the process of the renewal of the Territorial Agenda which started in 2015 and benefited from committed efforts by many EU Presidencies and colleagues all across Europe.

by Christian Lüer

For more than 60 years already, the EIB has played an important role in supporting countries and regions to tackle various issues around the challenge of inequalities. Click here if you want to read more about spatial inequalities from an EIB perspective and how the EIB contributes to achieving the objectives and priorities of the Territorial Agenda 2030.

by Christian Lüer

To prepare the informal ministerial meeting scheduled for 1 December 2020, the Directors-General responsible for Territorial Cohesion met virtually on 20 October 2020. They finalised the Territorial Agenda 2030 as a renewed action-oriented policy framework to promote territorial cohesion in Europe.

by Christian Lüer

On 16 September 2020, the national members of the Network of Territorial Cohesion Contact Points (NTCCP) as well as representatives of EU institutions, EU advisory bodies, local and regional interest groups and ESPON met virtually to prepare the next meeting of the Directors-General responsible for Territorial Cohesion (DGTC). Click here for a brief overview of what was discussed and the last steps towards the finalisation of the Territorial Agenda 2030.

by Christian Lüer

The main challenge around the Territorial Agenda 2030 will be its implementation starting in 2021. While the community of spatial planners shares a general desire for a strong territorial dimension, the territorial voice remains often unheard in actual policy making and implementation. Read more about potential synergies between the Territorial Agenda and national planning processes in Austria. A contribution by Roland Arbter, NTCCP member from Austria.

by Christian Lüer

An important precondition for the successful implementation of the Territorial Agenda 2030 is high visibility. Nowadays, visibility and awareness highly depends on effective communication through different channels. Read more about the need for a strategic approach in communication activities.

by Christian Lüer

Slovenia is fully committed to the implementation of the Territorial Agenda 2030 and seized the opportunity of redesigning its national spatial development policy and reinforcing the Territorial Agenda 2030 priorities not only in its main planning document but in spatial planning at all levels of government. Read more about the close link between the Territorial Agenda 2030 and Slovenia’s new national spatial development strategy.

by Christian Lüer

Actions are needed to turn the words of the Territorial Agenda into deeds, address spatial inequalities as well as the societal transformation towards a carbon and climate-neutral economy, and eventually achieve the objectives of a Just and Green Europe. Currently, six pilot actions are being developed. Altogether, they show a broad spatial and thematic coverage. Read more about the idea behind the pilot actions and the six pilot actions under preparation.

by Christian Lüer

The current generation (2014-2020) of transnational cooperation programmes with German participation refers in different ways to the  Territorial Agenda 2020 and its implementation. Read some reflections by Jens Kurnol (Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, BBSR, Germany) on the role the next generation of transnational cooperation programmes (2021-2027) can play in the implementation process of the Territorial Agenda 2030.

by Christian Lüer

Especially in times of disruptive challenges like the Corona pandemic, cooperation and multilevel governance as advocated in the draft Territorial Agenda 2030 remain important. The common reflexive response to re-orientate to spatial fragmentation and national responses is just second best to finding a joint response. Read some reflections on the Corona outbreak from the perspective of European spatial planning.

by Christian Lüer

To support the elaboration of the Territorial Agenda 2030, the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU prepared and carried out an online survey which was sent out to authorities and decision makers from all administrative levels, from local to EU, and other relevant stakeholders, e.g. universities and associations. The results are now available. They confirm the overall direction of the current draft of the next Territorial Agenda.

by Kai Böhme

In January 2020, the European Commission presented its proposals on how to put the European Green Deal into practice, including the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (COM(2020) 21 final) and the Just Transition Fund (COM(2020) 22 final).

The Commission proposals provide steppingstones towards a future for all places, as proposed by the draft Territorial Agenda 2030. Indeed, the European Green Deal, its Sustainable Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism offer multiple opportunities to dock on with the draft Territorial Agenda 2030, and ensure that no place is left behind, e.g. by informing territorial transition plans and place-sensitive investment decisions. At the same time, the various funding and governance mechanisms of the Green Deal may offer opportunities to support the application of the Territorial Agenda.

 

by Christian Lüer

Adopted by the Member States of the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set a framework of 17 targets that aims at achieving peace and prosperity for all people and our planet. Looking at the targets which further specify the Sustainable Development Goals reveals the strong interwovenness and embeddedness of the next Territorial Agenda into the global context of the United Nations Agenda 2030. Let’s have a closer look…

by Kai Böhme

At an informal ministerial meeting in December 2020, the Ministers responsible for Spatial Planning and Territorial Development will agree on the Territorial Agenda 2030. A draft version of the document outlining its objectives and priorities is available now.

 

by Christian Lüer

On 16 October 2019, the Directors-General responsible for Territorial Cohesion met in Helsinki to discuss the first draft of the renewed Territorial Agenda – the main policy document in the field of European spatial planning at intergovernmental level. Besides EU and EFTA member states also the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the European Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, ESPON, and various local and regional interest groups attended the meeting.

 

by Kai Böhme

Finally there is a website informing about the Territorial Agenda and its renewal process.

www.territorialagenda.eu offers

  • a platform to follow the elaboration of the renewed Territorial Agenda and a forum to comment on various proposals;
  • a one-stop shop with important information and background documents concerning the Territorial Agenda.

The website has been launched in mid-September 2019 and will be further developed and filled with relevant content over the next months.

Stay tuned and see how the renewed Territorial Agenda and its pilot actions evolve in preparation of the informal ministerial meeting in December 2020.