Small places matter – governance and the green transition
The workshop will focus on the role that small cities, towns and villages play in developing broader territories while ensuring that they continue to be attractive and sustainable places to live and work. The workshop will support a dialogue on how to promote integrated multilevel governance by discussing how to strengthen the links between bottom-up/local initiatives and top-down planning processes and initiatives. This will be done by presenting examples from different countries and addressing different issues.
"Small Places Matter" is a pilot project under the Territorial Agenda 2030. The Territorial Agenda 2030 is a strategic policy document adapted by the ministers responsible for spatial and regional planning during the German presidency of the EU in December 2020. It provides a framework for action towards territorial cohesion and a future for all places in Europe.
In addition to this pilot experience, the seminar will address good practices in cooperation between the public sector, the private sector and stakeholders in promoting the green transition at local level in small and medium-sized cities, rural areas and border regions.
Moderator: Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary-General of the AEBR
Setting the scene
Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)
Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)
Ministry of Modernisation and Local Government, Norway
Mission of Norway to the EU
Municipality of Rubí, Spain
Municipality of Lappeenranta, Finland