A new paradigm of the EU regional development in the context of the Poland's National Spatial Development Concept


New factors inspiring spatial and regional policies in Poland have come out in the recent years. The paradigm shift was possible largely thanks to the contributions and inspiration from World Bank as well as the OECD. New economic geography underlines the importance of space and its management for the enhancement of growth and development as well as for the formation of economic profiles of the regions or countries. A better understanding of the condition and tendencies of spatial development of Europe has been also possible thanks to the ESPON efforts. Important milestones in these discussions are given by the EU Territorial Agenda of 2007 and the Barca Report of 2009. Based on this the authors of the paper present the benchmarks of the National Spatial Development Concept of Poland till 2030 allowing evaluation of the extent to which it belongs to the new generation of strategic documents in line with the emerging contemporary paradigm of the socio-economic development.