Territorial Thinkers ...

... is an independent platform of experts, highly experienced in European, national, regional and local policy development with a territorial dimension.

... aim to support on-going policy development processes by presenting arguments, evidence, ideas, options and recommendations to policy makers.

... are convinced from experience that a clear territorial dimension in policy conception and in programme strategies and implementation releases new innovative and cooperative dynamism which should be captured and used positively to achieve European policy objectives.


The idea is to bring together the experience and insights to focus on important and relevant matters, and present rational and sharp arguments for a stronger territorial dimension of European policy-making. / read more

Territorial Briefings

Territorial Briefings are short papers by the territorial thinkers with reflections to stimulate further debate. The Briefings address in greater depth the territorial dimension of  an important issue to support on-going policy development processes.


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Territorial Blog - KREMER

The Territorial Blog - KREMER is a platform where proponents of  territorial thinking and a territorial approach to European and  transnational policy development can express their personal territorial thoughts on a selected subject into a wider debate.


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Territorial Briefing No 8


Territorial Agenda 2030: Seven additional suggestions for its implementation


by Peter Mehlbye, Derek Martin and Peter Schön


On 1 December 2020, Ministers from EU Member States and some neighbouring countries, including Norway and Switzerland, in the presence of the responsible EU Commissioner and representatives from key European Institutions approved and presented an updated Territorial Agenda 2030 for the European Union – “A future for all places”.


The Territorial Agenda 2030 is a welcome update of earlier agendas. However, the power of implementation deserves more attention. To further back a dedicated and powerful implementation, the paper presents seven carefully drafted suggestions to policy makers at all levels involved in shaping the future for all places in the EU.


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KREMER - September 2021


A rightful place for territorial cohesion in the European Commission


At all but the local level, it has always been quite difficult to find a logical place for ‘spatial planning’ – or preferably ‘spatial or territorial development’ – in any administration. The higher the governance level, the more difficult it is to organise territorial development administratively into a coherent and well-coordinated policy.


Given the character of territorial cohesion, it is important that there is a distinct movement towards improving the governance of territorial cohesion within the Commission. Improving territorial cohesion, in the broadest sense of the word, appears to be one of the most crucial cross-sectoral aims for the future of the EU. It is not overstated to say that the future success or failure of European integration largely depends on this question.


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