This ESPON workshop is one of a series of Transnational Outreach events in North Europe in 2018 and examines current challenges in spatial planning such as the redesign of future national and regional spatial planning systems. In much of Europe, there was a post-war golden age of spatial planning linked to sustained economic growth. Since 2000, a more market-focused approach supply has led to a decline in national and in some countries regional spatial planning.
The workshop will examine current issues in the spatial planning systems using Estonia, Nordic and EU countries as case studies. For Estonia, the current spatial planning system was introduced in 1995 although changes in legislation have been made, its essence has remained unchanged. Currently, parts of the planning system are being reviewed in Estonia’s ‘Green Paper’ on spatial planning that analyses current trends and, if needed, recommends changes or ‘nudges’ in spatial planning policies and processes.
The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the future role of spatial planning and how to develop planning processes that identify national, regional and local competences and governance. The workshop will introduce the Estonian context. This setting-the-scene is followed by a panel discussion in which some other countries from the ESPON North Group are invited to comment on the Estonian context from their own experiences in spatial planning.
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*The ESPON 2020 Programme aims at promoting and fostering a European territorial dimension in development and cooperation by providing evidence, knowledge transfer and policy learning to public authorities and other policy actors at all levels. ERRIN is part of the Transnational Outreach Support 2016-2019.