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... 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.
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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 7
COVID-19 pandemic: a lever for a more sustainable and resilient EU territory?
by Peter Mehlbye and Peter Schön
Irrespective of medical and pharmaceutical successes the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be with us for quite a while, and it needs ongoing political and societal answers to cope with it. The COVID-19 pandemic has differentiated territorial impacts and affects cities, towns and countryside and their inhabitants in different ways; the political answers to shape post-COVID Europe have to take this territorial differentiation into account.
The first six months of living with the SARS-CoV-2 virus spawned a large number of real experiments in society, economy, and politics, some of which will remain and bring forward further societal innovation. The key overall priority for forward-looking policies should be a more balanced, resilient and polycentric EU territory.