"Small Places Matter" – Pilot Action – Territorial Agenda 2030 - 12WS21319

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM · 1 hr. 30 min. (CET)


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

  1. The political setting: Territorial Agenda 2030, Kai Böhme, Director of Spatial Foresight – 10 mins
  2. The role of small cities and centres in developing larger territories, xxxx DG REGIO or DG AGRI – 10 mins

The cases

  1. The rural development plan for Ireland, xx yy – 10 mins


  1. Local governance for the green transition, Ana María Martínez, Mayor of Rubí Spain, and a representative of the Lappeenranta City Council, Finland – 15 mins


  1. Developing a cross-border tourist region, Interreg Sweden - Norway, xx yy – 10 mins


  1. Regional experience of cooperation between public administrations, the private sector and civil society in order to promote the green transition in a coal-based region, Carsten Jacob, Director of the Euroregion Spree-Neisse-Bober (Germany - Poland) 4 mins (video testimonial)


  1. Representative of the Committee of the Regions (video testimonial)



  1. Summing up by the moderator and questions (young people from the IVY project)



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


Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)City of LappeenrantaFederal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community of Germany (BMI)Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation of NorwayMunicipality of RubiOdd Godal
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