Geographic dimension in the practice of planning in relation to cohesion policy and economic policies

Room D
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
08.30 – 10.15
cohesion policy, development policy, economic development, EU territorial agenda, partnership agreement, planning, territorial planning, territorial policy

Nowadays there is a clear fact that more geographers are active participants of planning and policy development processes and these practitioners can experience that the general synthetic and complex territory oriented approach of geography is a demanded asset in public policies.

However it is only an assumption that geography is an essential key to manage complex problems of current times by integrated strategy, which is a keyword of current policies, such as economic growth policy, cohesion policy, climate change policy, etc. A certain geographic dimension – much beyond the so called regional approach – seems to get more and more attention.

In their presentation the authors illustrate the emergence of geography, identifying some approaches in their personal planning and policy development experiences, particularly in relation to EU policies: revision of EU Territorial Agenda, setting up Budapest Communiqué on European urban areas, planning for cross-border development operational programmes, Visegrád 4 territorial planning, Danube Strategy, Partnership Agreement and operative programmes 2014-2020, etc.

Special attention will be paid to economic development and to new cohesion policy post 2014, in which territoriality could gain an outstanding importance, with “real” geographic nature (notion of territorial cohesion,territorially integrated instruments, increased urban dimension, etc).

Geography is not only an important dimension of realizing sustainability, efficiency with integrated policies but also an increasingly attractive dimension for decision makers. Visualization of geography is an efficient way of communication related to planning and policy making in general. However real added value of such an ancient science should be much further investigated in systematic way.

Géza Salamin
The Central Bank of Hungary (MNB), Hungarian Society for Urban Planning (MUT)
Márton Péti
Reserach Institute for National Strategy (NSKI), Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
peti.marton [at]

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