Editorial: Cooperation is essential
On the eve of 2018, the voices asking for a stronger territorial approach to development policies in Europe became mainstream. Evidence in research and experience in real life underline that we can leave no place behind. Cooperation is essential: If problems have no borders, policies should be borderless to face them. 2019 brings a challenge for post-2020 Cohesion Policy: Become more European to better serve the local level.
I wish you all a happy new year. - Ilona Raugze, Director of ESPON EGTC
No place should be left behind
300 registered participants, two exceptional keynote speakers, and a great host - the Austrian presidency. Professors Andreas Faludi and Andres Rodriguez Pose presented their positions for territorialism and the geography of EU discontent. Ilona Raugze and Laurent Frideres presented case studies from ESPON research. The debate was lively also during the plenaries and policy labs. 
It’s all about cooperation
If places are interconnected, policymakers need to work together, scientists need to work together, institutions need to work together to ensure that the needs of the citizens are satisfied, said Ilona Raugze, opening ESPON scientific conference in London. Daniela Florea, Andy Pike, and representatives from the main scientific organisations presented their views about the new era in territorial research 
Migration is a global issue
Cooperation is also the question when dealing with migration. ESPON together with INTERACT brought about 100 stakeholders in Athens to discuss migration flows and integration policies. Passionate debate and good practices presented by ESPON studies and INTERREG programmes.

Refugee and asylum seekers flow
During the event in Athens, we presented also a new Transnational Observation combines data from two undergoing ESPON research projects. The publication reveals evidence on asylum flows in the EU and best practice in the integration of refugees at a local level, with a focus on the southern European Member States. The Transnational Observation was very well perceived by the Greek media that reported in length about its findings

Territorial governance in Europe
Spatial planning in Europe has much developed since 1997, when the Commission had published a relevant comparative analysis. The COMPASS project aims to provide an updated comparative report of territorial governance and spatial planning systems in Europe from 2000 to 2016. it compares territorial governance and spatial planning in 32 European countries (the 28 EU member states plus four ESPON partner countries) and offers conclusions and policy recommendations.

Networks of protected areas
Mountains cover 41% of the territory in the ESPON space and are home to 17% of its population. LinkPASS tackles the issue of protected areas and their networks with a wider territorial and spatial planning perspective. The final report provides a set of best practices and guidelines to integrate Networks of Protected Areas into the designing of development policies.

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