Aims and approach
Territorial Thinkers is an independent platform of experts, highly experienced in European, national, regional and local policy development with a territorial dimension. Territorial Thinkers aim to support on-going policy development processes by presenting arguments, evidence, ideas, options and recommendations to policy makers. Territorial Thinkers are convinced from experience that a clear territorial dimension in policy conception and in programme strategies and implementation releases a 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 of ‘out-of-the-box’ territorial thinkers to discuss important and relevant matters, and present rational and sharp arguments for a stronger territorial dimension of European policy-making.
Territorial Tunes are short briefing papers the territorial thinkers offer some reflections to stimulate further debate. The short paper dwell somwhat deeper on an issue to to support on-going policy development processes by presenting arguments, evidence, ideas, options and recommendations to policy makers.
See Territorial Tunes HERE.
KREMER is a blog a platform where proponents of territorial thinking and a territorial approach to European and transnational policy development can express their opinions, ideas, recommendations and personal thoughts on this many-sided and complex subject.
See all KREMER contributions HERE.
Territorial Tune 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