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1 Summary of answers to the questionnaire on the future of ESPON 2 7 September 2011

2 Answers from: 20 Member and Partner States: BE, CZ, CY, DK, DE, EE, ES, FI, IE, EL, HU, IT, LV, MT, NO, NL, PT, SE, SK, UK Eurocities Association of European Border Regions European Town and Country Planners QUESTIONNAIRE

3 MS strongly support the need of the continuation of ESPON 2. MS see the Programme as an important tool of strengthening/supporting the territorial dimension of Cohesion Policy by wide spreading and using the territorial knowledge 3. Periodical data provided by ESPON should complement data collected and published by EUROSTAT, DG REGIO and other European organizations 4. One of the main focus of the Programme is to strengthen the continuous monitoring and comparative observations over time based on periodical data and indicators GENERAL REACTION

4 ESPON – FOR WHOM? ESPON – WHAT FOR? ESPON – WHY IT IS IMPORTANT? ESPON – MAIN FIELDS OF INTEREST ESPON – BY WHAT MEANS? ESPON – WAYS OF CAPITALISATION

5 ESPON – FOR WHOM? 1.Responsible for Cohesion Policy preparation on the EU and national level 2.National policy makers setting up priorities to be able to compare against European/other countries benchmarks and to define their gaps and plan measures 3.Those who implement the programmes and prepare periodical reporting 4.Actors of multi-level governance systems 5.Practitioners

6 ESPON – WHAT FOR? 1.As regular service provision for territorial cohesion 2.As a facilitator of the debate (based on confrontation of research results with the political ideologies) with clear statements on the significance of territorial cohesion 3.For highlighting areas where spatial perspectives are viewed in a sectoral policy context 4.As a provider of analytical background data, indicators, maps to elaborate analytical part of European territory for the Common Strategic Framework and therefore ESPON should be used in the objectives formulation; should provide an evidence base that can shape how best to take advantages of the unique characteristic of European Regions 5.To address the territorial challenges and the main concerns elaborated in the TA To prepare databases and analysis referring to functional areas 7.To produce comparable data of the economic, social and territorial dynamics of regions with similar characteristics or challenges

7 ESPON – WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? 1.Has possibility to make different (than EUROSTAT… ) European data sources more compatible e.g. on the economic position of European regions and in comparison with countries outside of the EU 2.Has potential in the area of measuring the quality of development of territories beyond GDP 3.Can assess territorial impacts of EU policies by measuring territorial patterns and trends in order to improve coordination and gain synergies 4.Can a ssure systematic communication between science and administrations/ science and policy-makers

8 TA2020 priorities 2.Flagships initiatives of EU Demography, services of general interest, biodiversity, water quality, CAP, environmental policy 4.Functional areas going beyond administrative borders, territorial integration, neighboring countries 5.Evidence for territorial potentials, challenges… The programme could play a key role in understanding the territorial dimension of mechanisms to unblock bottlenecks to growth ESPON – MAIN FIELDS OF INTEREST

9 ESPON – BY WHAT MEANS? Country/OrgTHEMATIC STUDIESTARGETED ANALYSESSHORT TERM RESPONSESSCENARIO APPROACH BE123 CZ12 DK1234 EE12 Eurocities12 FI12 DE1234 EL132 HU12 IE123 IT12AVOIDED3 MT1 NL12 UK12 LV21 SE12 NO12 PT12

10 ESPON – BY WHAT MEANS? 1.By the right scale for the right problem and consequent data collection 2.By the structured research requirements towards EU2020, TA2020, other main priorities, rather than having an ad hoc approach 3.By comparative analysis on demand on economic, social, territorial dynamics of regions with similar characteristics 4.By utilizing data that is easy to collect 5.By reports as What ESPON tells about your country/region/functional area?

11 ESPON – WAYS OF CAPITALISATION NATIONAL LANGUAGES THINK TANKS USER FRIENDLY REPORTS NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARIES EASLY ACCESSIBLE ON-LINE DATA BASE CLOSER LINKS TO NATIONAL STATISTICAL OFFICES ESPON needs to be in tune with the domestic agenda of policy makers; closer alignment with regional and local policy makers prime concerns would be a major step to making ESPON better known and loved

12 How to institutionalize the use of ESPON research and results in national programmes Relatively slow reaction on policy demand and long timeframe Very wide range of research topics make difficult to promote the importance of territorial dimension and to indentify the territorial implications Possible duplication of data periodically collected and published by EUROSTAT, European Environmental Agency and other existing European organizations Very technical summaries/language MAIN IDENTIFIED DIFFICULTIES

13 Further drafting of the elements of the ESPON 2020 Program should follow the expectations of MS ESPON as a main territorial knowledge platform for European Commission/MS ESPON need to be closely linked to Cohesion Policy and the other EU policies ESPON mission for post > European Territorial Observatory Research topics should be more practical, useful and responsive for the policy makers on the ground MAIN DIRECTIONS


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