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Past events related to spatial planning and territorial development in the BSR
24 February 2016 VASAB workshop on Assessment of Regional Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Roadmap 2013-2020, Gdansk

The workshop assessed introduction of maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea Region and identified the interests and future needs beyond the current Roadmap. The event was organized in a form of active discussions where participants dealing or closely linked to the maritime spatial planning had an opportunity to share their experience, opinions and expectations. The workshop also included an outline of the work being done by the joint HELCOM-VASAB Maritime Spatial Planning Working Group and an input from several ongoing maritime spatial planning projects in the Baltic Sea area.

 icon Agenda of VASAB Workshop on Assessment of Regional Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Roadmap 2013-2020

icon Chair and Moderator Conclusions from VASAB Workshop on Assessment of Regional Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Roadmap 2013-2020

icon Presentation: BONUS BaltSpace. Reflections on issues of importance for MSP processes in the BSR

icon Presentation: Baltic SCOPE. Conclusions from transborder sector discussions

icon Presentation: A roadmap towards a healthy Baltic Sea

8-9 December 2015 ESPON Seminar “A world without borders - Refugees, cooperation and territories”, Luxembourg

The Seminar will address three policy themes as follows:

  • Territorial aspects of refugee migration to Europe;
  • Cross-border cooperation;
  • European macro-regional strategies.

More information HERE

07 December 2015 Conference on maritime spatial planning and marine environment, Brussels

The European Commission is organising a conference on maritime spatial planning (MSP) as a tool to address challenges and develop opportunities in maritime economic activities and environmental protection, in the context of growing and competing uses of marine space.

The main purpose is to share experiences of MSP with representatives of maritime industries, national authorities and NGOs and to take stock of the expectations and requirements of the stakeholders.

More information HERE

25-26 November 2015 Nordregio Forum 2015: Nordic City Regions in a Global Environment, Helsingor

Nordregio Forum - the annual meeting place for professionals and policymakers working with urban and regional development in the Nordic countries. More information: 

28 October 2015 VASAB Workshop on Urban Revitalization, Lodz

Cities and towns are the drivers of European economy due to the population, services, housing, economic activity and transport nodes. Cities play significant role in territorial development to achieve goals of EU Cohesion policy. Urban areas also face different challenges which require purposeful and coordinated action at all governance levels.

In order to achieve coherent development of the Baltic Sea Region, specific approaches for a diverse urban pattern (small and medium cities, urban partnerships, cooperation across administrative borders) are being currently discussed within the EU Urban Agenda process. This will improve urban dimension in EU policy and better support cities in their integrated development through more "urban proof" EU policies, taking into account the governance, social and economic development, as well as environmental issues.

The workshop was organized in order to share experiences on urban revitalization at national and local level and to bring a joint input to ongoing Urban Agenda development process based on existing sustainable urban planning solutions and partnership concepts. The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 projects "Baltic Urban Lab" and "Livable Baltic Campus" provided their viewpoint on creative solutions to improve the quality of life in Baltic Sea region cities. Both projects will bring an input to the EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region and particularly to its Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" by providing place-based spatial planning solutions.

Workshop was concluded by discussions rising up opinions how VASAB could contribute to the EU Urban Agenda process. It was agreed that VASAB could bring an input by highlighting urban issues in the BSR cities facing the demographic changes. Furthermore it was proposed that the problem of shrinking cities and depopulation topic should be included in the Agenda of the coming VASAB Conference to be held in Warsaw, 6-7 June 2016.

The Workshop on Urban Revitalization was organized back-to-back with VASAB CSPD/BSR meeting in Lodz, Poland on 28 October 2015.

VENUE: EC1 (, Łódź, ul. Targowa 1/3

The VASAB workshop was organised in the frame of Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 Technical Assistance grant project "HASPS - Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" Support".


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