'Territorial cohesion: unleashing the territorial potential'. Background Document to the Conference on Cohesion Policy and Territorial Development: Make Use of the Territorial Potential! 10-11 December 2009, Kiruna, Sweden


The aim of the present paper is to take stock of where we stand today in the debate launched by the Green Paper, and of what has emerged as the key aspects of territorial cohesion. This paper does not present the Commission's view on the future of the policy but rather summarises the reflections of all stakeholders involved in the debate. In this way it also provides a basis for the discussion on the future cohesion policy. The European Union (EU) has an incredibly rich territorial diversity. Territorial cohesion is about ensuring a balanced development of all these places and about making sure that our citizens are able to make the most of inherent features of their territories ? to transform diversity into an asset that contributes to sustainable development of the entire EU.