ESTONIA: Colours of Estonia on Europe’s map

The seminar, organised by the Ministry of Interior (MC) and the University of Tartu (ECP), took place on November 20th, 2014 in Tallinn, in the Ministry of Interior.

ESPON national event: Colours of Estonia on Europe’s map 3: results of the ESPON 2013 programme

November 20th, 2014 in Tallinn, Ministry of the Interior

The Estonian Ministry of Interior (MC) together with the University of Tartu (ECP) organised a national ESPON event „Colours of Estonia on Europe’s map 3: results of the ESPON 2013 programme” on the 20th of November in Tallinn. At the seminar, Priidu Ristkok (the Ministry of Interior), Rivo Noorkoiv, Antti Roose and Martin Gauk (ESPON project partners) elaborated on the wide range of possibilities of how national and regional policy-makers can benefit from the research evidences, capitalization activities and tools of the ESPON 2013 as well as 2020 programme in order to implement an evidence-based policy-making framework in the context of multi-level territorial governance in a small country in remote Europe.

The seminar took off with an introduction to the ESPON 2013 and 2020 programmes, where Priidu Ristkok gave a brief overview of Estonian involvement in the programme so far and set the goals and expectations for the next seven years. Antti Roose summarized the key messages and lessons of ESPON results in the Estonian context and presented a new publication “Colours of Estonia on Europe’s map: evidences of ESPON 2013 programme” which is distributed among the ESPON network and stakeholders in Estonia. Rivo Noorkoiv as a project partner in the BSR-TeMo gave his first hand experiences in ESPON and elaborated on the concepts, methods, uses and bottlenecks in territorial monitoring of Baltic Sea Region (BSR), taking the discussion to the various factors behind the territorial divides in BSR: West-East, North-South, urban-non-urban. Despite the small size of Estonia, the peripheral rural areas are being deserted economically and socially, regional differences have been increased and should be stronger addressed by EU and national policies. The seminar ended with Martin Gauk’s presentation on the use of ESPON toolbox, with the particular focus on database and mapping tools.

The event attracted more than 30 policy-makers from various ministries, academia and planning community. The highest interest was shown for topics related to European integration processes, cohesion policy, territorial visions, scenarios and planning, in particular macro-regional post-crises processes, metropolisation trade-offs, growth strategies and lessons for secondary and small cities. The roundtable discussion between various ministries and regional scientists was seeking for opportunities of how further adjustments of cohesion policy could enhance territorial balance and sustainable development in remote EU external border regions. The stakeholders agreed that, having in mind that Estonia is having a successful converging economy, the new period of Cohesion Policy should ensure more focused and Europe 2020 strategy-aligned regional instruments for tackling urban as well peripheral rural processes. In addition, improved performance of operations, better governance, and more attention to place-based solution need to be a key in implementing the 2014-2020 Cohesion policy. Therefore, a better understanding of the advantages and strengths of policy models and instruments during the 2007-2013 period is needed as well as a look into a new generation of integrated models supporting cohesion, regional, and rural policies. ESPON was seen as a valuable platform to engage these topics.

More at: http://www.geograafia.ut.ee/et/teadustegevus/espon

Below you can find photos from the event and front page of seminal book of ESPON 2013 (in Estonian).

Photo by Zigomar (own work) (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

 
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