Luxembourgish small and medium-sized towns in Europe: challenges and opportunities

The event, organised by the University of Luxembourg (ECP LU) and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, aimed at dissemination of leaflets about SMSTs and presentation of ESPON results about this topic. The event was held on December 12, 2014 in Luxembourg-City, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures.

The ESPON conference “Luxembourgish small and medium-sized towns in Europe: challenges and opportunities” took place at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures in Luxembourg-Kirchberg on the 12th December 2014 (9h00-12h00). The event was organised by the ESPON Contact Point Luxembourg in cooperation with the Department of Spatial Planning of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures. More than 50 participants – from representatives of the Ministry and some Luxembourgish municipalities, academics and architects to spatial planners – attended the conference which focussed on the current and future role of small and medium-sized towns in Luxembourg and the Greater Region.

Main issues discussed:

  • challenges and opportunities of small and medium-sized towns in Europe and Luxemburg (including the Greater Region),
  • definition, role, comparison between SMSTs and HDUCs/Metropolises,
  • use of ESPON tools for spatial planning purposes.

External speakerswere Loris Servillo, KU Leuven and Ilze Jurevica, Ministry of environmental protection and regional development, Latvia.

“Accept the challenge of “thinking big about thinking small”! (Bell and Jayne, 2009)” (Loris Servillo in the frame of his presentation about the TOWN project)

The conference offered not only a deep insight into Luxembourgish small and medium-sized towns and their functions but allowed also a closer look at smaller settlement structures of other European countries. Especially, the lectures of two external experts from different countries enriched the conference as they provided a platform for a fruitful discussion about the future role of SMSTs amongst the speakers and the audience. The concluding session offered live presentations about different ESPON Tools pointing out the usefulness of specific tools for specific target groups.

Below you can find the programme, presentations and photos from the event, while information materials about small and medium-sized towns are available here (all documents in English, German and French).

 
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