The upcoming ESPON Seminar on "small and medium-sized cities: drivers of sustainable development and urban-rural cooperation" will take place on the 15th and 16th of November 2023 in Cuenca, Spain.

Organized in collaboration with the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council, this event will delve into crucial discussions regarding the challenges and opportunities faced by SMCs in Europe, showcasing their pivotal role in achieving territorial cohesion and harmonious development.

Key topics of discussion:

  • Examining the role of SMCs in shaping policies against depopulation and fostering socio-territorial cohesion.
  • Engaging in discussions concerning demographic challenges and urban-rural imbalances, aligned with the "do no harm to EU cohesion" principle.
  • Networking and knowledge-sharing on key policy issues related to innovation, economic transition, and technological transformation.
  • Contributing to shaping a conclusion highlighting the pivotal role of SMCs in constructing a New Territorial Contract.

Who should attend: European, regional, and local policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and experts.

Event details:

  • Date: 15.11.2023 - 16.11.2023
  • Location: Cuenca, Spain
  • Registration: Please refer to the registration form.

For more information, visit ESPON Seminar event page.