ESPON WEEK Green and Just Recovery for all European Territories 2021

14-18 June 2021 , Lisbon (Online)

The “Just and Green recovery” ESPON week from 16 to 18 June 2021 is organised in cooperation with the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council in the framework of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme, which aims to support policy development for promoting territorial cohesion and harmonious development of the European territory.

The discussion for a just and green recovery is included in the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency for the post-COVID-19 era. In this context, the role of ESPON in navigating between the just and green policies today is more important than ever. ESPON data, impact assessment methodologies and scenarios for public policies have become indispensable instruments for diagnostics, understanding both the causes and potential trajectories of territorial change.

The ESPON week under the Portuguese EU Presidency 2021 host a series of digital events, including physical attendance of prominent speakers in Lisbon, with the aim to connect policymakers, stakeholders and practitioners from all levels of governance with researchers and experts.

The interventions include two high-level policy debates with Minister of Environment and Climate Action João Pedro Matos Fernandes and Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Ana Abrunhosa

Dedicated to the need to reconcile the just and green perceptions and expectations at different territorial levels: A new release of the TerritoriALL magazine, investigating the just and green implications in rural areas; And a series of online workshops on ESPON research, setting the scene for finding an acceptable balance of the ‘just’ and ‘green’ aspirations.

The logical and sequential integration of ESPON evidence resorts to three aspects, recurring across all interventions: bird’s-eye view of territorial constellations, intertemporal diagnostics of territorial change and new territorial value creation.

METREX is pleased to support the ESPON Week and to take part in the workshop: Cohesion Policy, the backbone of Europe? The role of metropolitan areas.

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