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ESPON welcomes new projects and new calls. Alcala seinar report available online

ESPON welcomes new Projects 

Five Applied Research projects, one Targeted Analysis and one Transnational Networking Activity are online now. 
The new wave of Projects focuses on themes such as Assessment of Regional and Territorial Sensitivity, Attractiveness of European Regions and Cities, Knowledge and Innovation, European Territorial Cooperation as a Factor of Growth, Jobs and Quality of Life, Transport Accessibility at regional/local scale and patterns in Europe,
Potential of Rural Regions, all contributing to the understanding and benchmarking of European territories and their diversity in a European context. 

Find out more about themes
, thematic scope, research areas and project teams of the new Applied Research Projects ARTS, ATTREG, KIT, TERCO and TRACC as well as the Targeted Analysis PURR and the Transnational Networking Activity NORBA at the ESPON Website.

“ESPON Evidence for Regional Policy-Making, Contributing to the Europe 2020 Strategy”, Seminar Report is now online

The ESPON Open Seminar on 9-10 June 2010 in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, focused on the contribution of European territories, regions and cities to the Europe 2020 Strategy. Plenary debates and 14 workshops addressed in an interactive way the policy questions underlying the ESPON projects, the answers from the researchers and the replies of the stakeholders on the usefulness and applicability of the results for policy making, as well as findings related to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy aiming at smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The Report provides a summary of the debates during the various sessions at the Alcalá Seminar. The introduction shortly reflects the discussions and conclusions from the debates in the plenary sessions and explains the purpose and structure of the Interactive Workshops. The remaining sections reflect the debates in the fourteen Interactive Workshop sessions.
The ESPON results presented in these sessions can be used by policy makers on local, regional and national level to reach the aims of the Europe 2020 strategy.

The Report provides a basis for the discussion on the contributions of the ESPON 2013 knowledge base to future policy development, at all levels of government, and in particular in bringing European wide information to the regional/local level.

A special thanks goes to the ECP reporters of the workshops for their contributions!

Read the Seminar Report at the ESPON website, http://www.espon.eu/export/sites/default/Documents/Events/OpenSeminars/MadridJune2010/Seminar-Report-Final.pdf

Press Release “New Opportunities in ESPON Projects”

Researchers and experts in the public and private sector from 31 European countries are invited to become involved in 3 new projects under the ESPON 2013 Programme - 2 Targeted Analyses and a the ESPON Database Phase II.

The new Calls for Proposals on ESPON Projects were presented during a morning event in Brussels on 8 September 2010. More than 100 participants attended the event, including policy makers, scientists, representatives of universities, research institutes and companies around Europe.

Peter Mehlbye, Director of the ESPON Coordination Unit, said “We are delighted to have so many potential beneficiaries interested in new ESPON projects. Hopefully this Info Day will serve its purpose of having many proposals for the 3 projects in these Calls. Also the Partner Café should facilitate participants in finding potential partners”.

Eric Von Breska, Head of unit in the Directorate General for Regional Policy at the European Commission, emphasized the importance of ESPON for the Commission. “ESPON deliveries of comparable data and knowledge trends, structures and impact of the EU policies are important for European policy making. The cooperation with ESPON is expected to be stronger in the future”, he said.

Martijn De Bruijn, policy advisor for the Flemish government, addressed the role that Belgium sees for ESPON. “ESPON European data can be used as a scientific basis for a new Territorial Agenda for the European Union and for national/regional benchmarking. ESPON regional specific data from Targeted Analyses are particularly useful for regional policy development”, he said.

Read the press release at the ESPON Website