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.


See all Territorial Briefings HERE.

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.


See all KREMER contributions HERE.

Territorial Briefing No 9


Suggestions on the 8th Cohesion Report


by Peter Mehlbye, Derek Martin, Peter Schön and Kai Böhme


In February 2022, the European Commission published the 8th Coheson Report. It is an important and welcome 'springboard' for developing cohesion policy further and debating new policy ideas. With a horizon of 30 years, this is a main target of the report.


This Territorial Thinkers' Briefing discusses the report and provides some reflections on how to further strenghten and improve policy making for territorial cohesion.


The suggestions touch upon the need to innovate policy conception and the use of analysis and evidence, as well as to include more long-term perspectives and targets around territorial cohesion.


Download the Territorial Thinkers' Briefing 2021:09.

KREMER - November 2021


The EU Long-term Vision for Rural Areas:


At last, a long-term territorial vision from the European Commission, but only for parts of the EU territory


by Peter Mehlbye, Kai Böhme, Derek Martin & Peter Schön


This summer, the European Commission initiated an EU Long-term Vision for Rural Areas. The process is borne by a cooperation between DG Regio and DG Agri and involves dialogue between the related institutions and political player. The long-term Vision for Rural Areas is a much welcome step forward and extremely useful for certain types of rural areas, probably in particular remote and less-developed ones. However, looking towards 2040, it would be of far greater value for the EU to see rural areas as an integral part of a more comprehensive long-term vision for the entire EU territory.


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