Cooperate on Territorial Governance to Address Major Development Challenges in Europe
Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, I, 2019, 08-15 Journal
In Europe (not just the EU), societal and territorial fragmentation, along with spatial inequalities are a growing challenge to the development of our places and societies. They are further fuelled by exogenous and endogenous development trends that affect future spatial developments. This article provides a quick glance at major development trends shaping Europe’s future development and outlines what these trends imply for societal and territorial fragmentation before reflecting a few possible policy responses. The potential of the new Territorial Agenda for the European Union (EU), to be agreed upon in autumn 2020, and the idea of a place-sensitive approach to investments are underlined as possible ways forward. In both cases, territorial governance and the possibility of motivating a wide range of actors to commit to putting the new Territorial Agenda – or a place-sensitive approach to investment – into action are essential. Combating territorial fragmentation and spatial inequalities requires a wide range of collaborative efforts.
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