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VASAB & Spatial Foresight workshop “Baltic Sea Region vision and strategies for thriving regions and cities” at 19th European week of Regions and Cities

VASAB & Spatial Foresight workshop “Baltic Sea Region vision and strategies for thriving regions and cities” at 19th European week of Regions and Cities

12 October 2021

VASAB & Spatial Foresight workshop “Baltic Sea Region vision and strategies for thriving regions and cities” at 19th European week of Regions and Cities

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VASAB & Spatial Foresight workshop “Baltic Sea Region vision and strategies for thriving regions and cities” at 19th European week of Regions and Cities, 12 October, 14.30-16.00 CET

Global trends and developments serve as impetus for collaboration beyond individual regions and cities. Such cooperation, especially at macro-regional level, enhances methods to tackle challenges outside of regular administrative structures. The macro-regional approach is well acknowledged, yet it is rarely practised in spatial planning.

One example is VASAB – intergovernmental ministerial cooperation on spatial planning, and on preparing visions and strategies for balanced territorial development in the Baltic Sea Region. It is a joint effort being carried out in a highly diverse region among EU and non-EU countries. Recently, VASAB updated its Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region, which is a strategic spatial planning document targeting territorial cohesion by 2040.

The workshop will discuss the prospects and benefits of macro-regional spatial planning for European regions and cities, and what can be transferred to other areas beyond existing practice in the Baltic Sea Region. The workshop will also discuss how strong visions and territorial perspectives can help tackle global challenges (e.g. the effects of the pandemic, climate resilience, digital transformation) at macro-regional/cross-border level.

Application for the workshop is within the registration for the #EURegionsWeek at: https://eu.app.swapcard.com/event/eu-regions-week/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfNjMwOTgy

Workshop agenda (CET)

12 October 2021
14:30 - 14:40

Connection to the platform

14:40 - 14:45

Opening & welcome by moderator Dr Kai Böhme

14:45 - 14:50

What is VASAB cooperation?

Alda Nikodemusa, Head of VASAB Secretariat

14:50 - 15:05

Update of the VASAB Long-Term Perspective

Maria Toptsidou, Analyst at Spatial Foresight GmbH, Coordinator of the Update of the VASAB Long-Term Perspective

15:05 - 15:20

From Vision to Rail Baltica: case study of Estonia

Tiit Oidjärv, Deputy Head of the Spatial Planning Department at the Estonian Ministry of Finance

15:20 - 15:30

Long-Term Perspective and regional development: case study of the Rostock Region in Germany

Holger Janssen, Head of the Office for Regional Planning for the Rostock Region, Germany

15:30 - 15:55

Discussion

- How can macro-regional visions (such as the LTP) be applied at different levels – national, regional and local? What role can cooperation play in highly diverse European regions? Who needs to be on board?
- What are territorial perspectives and visions for the sustainable and prosperous development of European regions and cities, considering global trends, such as the effects of the pandemic, decarbonisation/climate resilience, digital transformation, etc.? What is missing/what has been overlooked?

15:55 - 16:00

Wrapping up & conclusions by the moderator

16:00 - 16:00

End of the workshop