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New ESPON project "Territorial Scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region (BT2050)"

The Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences participates in the implementation of the ESPON project (European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion) entitled "Territorial Scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region (BT2050)". Apart from the Institute, the project consortium consists of: Nordregio from Sweden (leader of the consortium), Spiekermann & Wegener from Germany and Spatial Foresight from Luxembourg.

The aim of the project is to create development of territorial scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) in order to increase evidence based on the territorial dimension of the EU Strategy for the BSR, as well as contribute to EU MS policy-making and cooperation between BSR countries on territorial development. The study will include main processes shaping spatial development patterns and integration in the macro-region by 2030 and 2050, long-term trends, potential impacts and political implications. The project has been an initiative of the Baltic ministries in charge of spatial development and planning in the BSR countries − VASAB 2010, which is the main stakeholder of the project.

The first meeting of the consortium implementing the project took place at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization PAS on Friday, 23rd November 2018. The meeting was attended by Kjell Nilsson (head of the consortium), Shinan Wang, Gustaf Norlén (Nordregio), Maria Toptsidou (Spatial Foresight), Klaus Spiekermann (Spiekermann & Wegener) and from the Institute: Tomasz Komornicki (head of the Polish team), Piotr Rosik and Edyta Struzik.

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