Deperipheralisation within the EU Multilevel Governance Environment?
The ongoing process of peripheralisation is evident in most parts of Central and Eastern Europe. On the one hand Central and Eastern European metropolises, usually capital cities, have been enjoying sharp development and grow in last decades. On the other hand rural regions have gone through demographical and economic decline in the Central European region at the same time. Despite huge sums of money spent from EU structural funds to reduce regional disparities during last years, gaps between core and peripheral regions became even larger.
One of potential political responses to the process of peripheralisation could be an implementation of innovative approaches within territorial governance based on improvement of cooperation between different levels of the government as well as among different actors. Although, there is quantity of theoretical approaches dealing with the EU governance only little is known about the conditions enabling successful cooperation within multi-actor decision making in particular regions. Key challenges are to identify appropriate mechanisms to coordinate various actors and their interest which interfere in the EU multilevel governance environment. Expanding the range of actors involved in decision-making should go with appropriate institutional and technological co-evolution. Purposeful institutional arrangements are seen essential to coordinate actors and power in designing efficient territorial policies of the EU to promote such co-evolution for balanced development between core and peripheral regions.