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A new paradigm of the EU regional development in the context of the Poland’s National Spatial Development Concept

prof. Jacek Szlachta, Jacek Zaucha

New factors inspiring spatial and regional policies in Poland have come out in the recent years. They complement the traditional, hardly spatial, paradigm of the socio-economic development with the concept of place-based economics. The paradigm shift was possible largely thanks to the contributions and inspiration from World Bank as well as the OECD. Additionally, new economic geography has contributed to that. New economic geography underlines the importance of space and its management for the enhancement of growth and development as well as for the formation of economic profiles of the regions or countries. In the EU member states the process has been facilitated by the entering into force of the Reformed Treaty (known as the Lisbon Treaty) which complements the social and economic cohesion with a new dimension of the territorial cohesion. A better understanding of the condition and tendencies of spatial development of Europe has been also possible thanks to the ESPON efforts. They continuously contribute to the ongoing debate on modification of the Cohesion Policy in the next programming period starting in 2014. Important milestones in these discussions are given by the EU Territorial Agenda of 2007 and the Barca Report of 2009. The work on the update of the Territorial Agenda has just been started. Based on this the authors of the paper present the benchmarks of the National Spatial Development Concept of Poland till 2030 (currently under preparation), allowing evaluation of the extent to which it belongs to the new generation of strategic documents in line with the emerging contemporary paradigm of the socio-economic development.




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