Dr Alexander Ferstl - Small Towns

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Dr Alexander Ferstl - Small Towns

  1. 1. Dr. Alexander FERSTL Directorate for Policy Development 4th International Symposium on Small Towns, Grieskirchen, Austria - 24 April 2009 Small towns from a European perspective Remarks on the role of small cities and towns in EU Regional Policy REGIONAL POLICY EUROPEAN COMMISSION
  2. 2. 1. Cities and Europe – Why cities matter? <ul><li>Economic and social cohesion – elimination of disparities (article 158 EC Treaty) </li></ul><ul><li>(Re-newed) Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs, Gothemburg Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Future challenges – demography, climate change, immigration, energy supply etc. </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. Cities, small towns and EU Regional Policy <ul><li>Integrated local development – participative, holistic, reflecting real needs of local communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>URBAN Community Initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LEADER method </li></ul></ul>Qualification Education Good governance Participation Exchange of experience Networking Financing urban renewal Environmental Issues Urban Mobility Social inclusion Economic development Urban Planning Physical regeneration URBAN Acquis Programme (Management) Integrated urban development plan
  4. 4. 2. Cities, small towns and EU Regional Policy <ul><li>Investment through Operational Programmes (European Regional Development Fund) </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2. Cities, small towns and EU Regional Policy <ul><li>3. Networking and cooperation amongst stakeholders, cities and regions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Territorial Cooperation Programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>URBACT II Programme ( www . urbact . eu ) – Creative Clusters network </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 3. Some remarks on the role of small cities and towns in Europe <ul><li>Quality of life </li></ul><ul><li>Natural environment </li></ul><ul><li>Economic importance </li></ul><ul><li>Polycentric settlement structures </li></ul><ul><li>Admininstrative capacities? </li></ul><ul><li>Lobby? </li></ul>
  7. 7. 4. Small towns and territorial cohesion <ul><li>Turning territorial diversity into strength </li></ul><ul><li>Targeting social and economic cohesion from a territorial perspective </li></ul><ul><li>« 3 Cs » </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion: «Turning territorial diversity into strength» Communication from the Commission, COM(2008) 616 final, Brussels, 6.10.2008 </li></ul>
  8. 8. http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/ alexander.ferstl@ec.europa.eu i REGIONAL POLICY EUROPEAN COMMISSION

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