EU Regions Week workshop: Territorial Governance as development chance for the Western Balkans
The Western Balkan Network on Territorial Governance will host a session during the European Week of Regions and Cities 7-10 October 2019 . This annual event organised by the European Commission and DG REGIO is one of the prime occasions for cities and regions to showcase and discuss their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.
The Western Balkan Network on Territorial Governance joins these discussions by organising a session focusing on territorial governance practices in the Western Balkans. Territorial governance practices is an important pillar for Europe’s future including the Western Balkans.
Territorial governance plays a crucial role to ensure that European integration happens on the ground supported by local people. It supports collective decision-making processes that consider societal and place specific challenges and opportunities. Failure to meet these aspects risks inefficient public administration and increasing disparities.
Current efforts to territorial governance in support of European integration, including the macro-regional strategies for the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian region and Interreg, deserve more attention. Therefore, this session discusses territorial governance in the Western Balkans as route to EU integration. It will encourage mutual learning on governance processes (also beyond the Western Balkans) with the aim to define ways to upscale new territorial governance practices.
Territorial governance lessons will be drawn from and for the Western Balkans, a diverse region with countries in different stages of EU integration. The discussion will be stimulated by short inputs by representatives of the Western Balkans Network on Territorial Governance, from different countries, and representatives of DG REGIO and DG NEAR.
Click on the link for a brief introduction to the topic: https://sway.office.com/BhkAGfYYxzP8XGAE
Join already the discussion via twitter @balkan_on or at via the session webpage: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions/396_en
Challenges of Regional Development in Western Balkans – Visioning for Territorial Futures
TG-WeB Annual Workshop 2019
TG-WeB, the Western Balkans Network on Territorial Governance, will hold its 2nd Annual Workshop, Challenges of Regional Development in Western Balkans – Visioning for Territorial Futures, on 30-31 May 2019, in Skopje Macedonia. Representatives of TG-WeB partner organizations, from Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Albania, as well as various European countries, are to attend the workshop. The workshop will focus on challenges of Western Balkans for regional development, and engage in visioning for territorial frameworks’ futures for the Western Balkans, with reference to best practices deriving from EU territorial and development framework scenarios.
Gallery of First Day of Workshop
Gallery of Second Day of Workshop
Western Balkan Network on Territorial Governance
Initiating Workshop – May 17-19, 2018
Prospective partners, from the Western Balkans (WeB) and EU member countries, gathered in Tirana for a network initiating workshop organized and hosted by Co-PLAN and POLIS University, on May 17-18. The network benefits from the voluntary membership of organizations and individuals from all Western Balkan countries, and organizations from the wider Balkans region and the EU. The workshop participants shared knowledge and challenges on territorial development and governance in their countries and in relation to EU and developed published online and disseminated a joint ‘Position Paper on Territorial Governance for Western Balkans’. TG-WeB set forth this position paper as the EU reconfirmed its enlargement vision for the region, making for a timely introduction of territorial governance in the enlargement agenda. The network adopted a macro-regional perspective in identifying and proposing a number of recommendations as to how territorial governance can play a role in the Western Balkans