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A new EU Territorial Agenda for the European Union

prof. Jacek Zaucha | 02.03.2010

Prof. Jacek Zaucha | 02.03.2010

One of the main objectives of the forthcoming (2011) Hungarian EU presidency is creating a new EU Territorial Agenda. The document, which is to be finished in 2011, takes into account the needs and specificities of the countries that joined the EU in 2004 and later.

On 24 and 25 May 2007 the EU informal Ministerial Meeting on urban development and territorial cohesion was held in Leipzig. The conference, organised by the German presidency, concluded with adopting a policy document – Territorial Agenda of the European Union.

Currently  works are being conducted on assessing the relevance of the document in light of the transformation of the EU Cohesion Policy and the rise of global development challenges. As a result of work carried out by an international team of experts an updated EU Territorial Agenda will be created. In 2011 the document shall be presented by the Hungarian presidency of the EU forum. The essence of the Agenda is to strengthen territorial cohesion as a paradigm of EU Development Policy and to include the following spatial categories into the discussion on the development of the EU: the sensitivity of regions to economic fluctuations, shortages of energy supply as well as other global phenomena such as the climate change, the migration and the new economic order (globalization of the economy), etc. Challenges of this kind (globalization, climate change, demographic change, price increases of energy carriers) were the foundation stone of the previous Agenda. Nowadays, however, the document reflects a stronger emphasis on their territorial context. 

The new EU Territorial Agenda cross-border links and cooperation (cross-border and within the wider neighborhood), the social dimension of cohesion and spatial aspects of sustainable development. Also, unlike the previous document, it treats sea- and land- space with equal importance. Its objective is to combine both spatial and socio-economic development, ie pay attention to metropolitan processes(the benefits of agglomeration), or the creation      of foundations for the knowledge-based economy. Spatial issues, significant  for new member states which experienced various developmental challenges such as  decrease of GDP or social and political problems, will also be taken into consideration (in the new EU Territorial Agenda).


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    Unia Europejska, polityka przestrzenna, spójność terytorialna

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