ESPON Workshop: “European gateway cities and regions – New evidence on different types of gateways and their regions”

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ESPON Workshop: “European gateway cities and regions – New evidence on different types of gateways and their regions”

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Brussels, 27 November 2013

Timing: 8h30 – 13h00

Background and objectives

Europe’s gateway cities and regions have great potential for contributing to the achievement of Europe 2020’s targets. However, their potential contributions vary greatly as gateway cities and regions are as different from each other and as diverse as European regions in general. Their geographical reach and orientation may be global, national or regional. They may cover one specific or several functions, for example they may function as gateway for research, innovation, tourism, migration, etc.

Gateways are often perceived as hubs in networks of flows of goods and people. At the same time, they also stand for places where economic and social services are available and can be accessed.

Speaking about gateways has a clear territorial dimension and is at the same time a matter of scale. The flows of people, commodities and funds as well as the provision of services are highly dependent on whether the focus is on a metropolitan region, a second tier national city or a regional centre.

Moreover, the local level of economic development and national policies have over time impacted the functionality of gateways and shaped the profile in terms of what the individual gateway can offer as functionality.

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Aim and Structure

Against this backdrop, the workshop intends to present and discuss different types of gateways from a European perspective considering their different geographical contexts. The workshop will include territorial evidence that has been produced by numerous ESPON projects. This will be supported by a Territorial Observation no.9 that will be available before the workshop.

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The evidence on gateways and the concept used by the ESPON analyses will be discussed and tested exploring examples from national and regional territorial strategies or policies.

Concrete examples from different European countries and regions will be presented. A panel discussion ending the workshop will address the role of gateways as policy orientation in European territorial development and in national and regional strategies and policies. The round table will be nourished by stakeholders referring to regional gateway examples and statements from policy makers at national level as well as scientist involved in ESPON.

Further information

Please find below the programme of the workshop and the presentations.

More photos here.

Contact the ESPON Coordination Unit at info@espon.eu for additional details.

 

This Workshop is organised within the framework of the ESPON 2013 Capitalisation Strategy / Actions related to European Seminars and Workshops

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