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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 on toncern the elaboration of te Territorial Agenda 2030 as well as its communication and application in various countries and policy domains.

 

The Territorial Agenda 2030 is avialble HERE.

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.