From the financial crisis to the pandemic and from there to the war in Ukraine, Europe is learning to live with overlapping crises.

From the financial crisis to the pandemic and from there to the war in Ukraine, Europe is learning to live with overlapping crises. Resilience has become the new Holy Grail, as policies and tools at the European, national, regional and local level are adjusting or repurposing to address the new needs.

The French presidency emphasises that the EU Green Deal is the backbone of the future resilience, and the director of ANCT, Yves Le Breton, explains how territorial issues were placed in the heart of the European debates, in one of the most turmoiled periods in the EU history. 

EESC president, Christa Schweng, warns that the European social model needs to hold despite the external pressures from continuous crises, and asks to put the young people in the spotlight.

But professor Mariana Mazzucato argues that it's not a coincidence we're so unprepared, as we are by design reactive and not proactive. She uses an inspirational example of the NASA mission to the moon to explain why we need capacities and knowledge in the public sector and well-defined partnerships with the private. 

Professor Carlos Moreno is more optimistic. He believes that the COVID pandemic is an opportunity for the cities and their citizens to rethink their priorities and make better use of their time and space. 

If there is one European policy that stood by the regions and the cities of Europe in the course of all these crises, this is the Cohesion Policy. 

DG Regio director, Peter Berkowitz, summarises the successes and the challenges, as presented in the 8th Cohesion Report. 

Nathalie Sarabezolles, chair of the COTER Commission, focuses on the need to safeguard cohesion and ensure a stronger partnership with the local and regional authorities. 

Are we asking the right questions, wonders Fransesco Molica, CPMR director, already opening the debate for the post-2027 programming period.

While planning for the future, we also need to address the current challenges. The war in Ukraine reminded us that peace and freedom are not for granted.

MEP Urmas Paet analyses the next steps the EU has to take and warns the war will continue for a long time. 

But even if the end of the war is not yet close, preparations for the reconstruction of Ukraine have started.

The head of the EIB representation in Ukraine, Jean-Erik de Zagon, explains in an interview the plans of the bank and the mechanisms that will be used to support the reconstruction of Ukraine.

Oleksandr Slobozhan, executive director of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, and Eugenia Maruniak, director of the NAS Institute of Geography of Ukraine with her colleagues, provide an insight view of how Ukrainians think this reconstruction plan can maximise its results and rebuild a resilient urban environment adapted to the local needs. 

You can find more in this issue of our TerritoriALL: An eye-opening presentation on the impacts of COVID-19 on the European regions, based on the final results of a recent ESPON project, and an article about the impact of COVID on the accessibility of services of general interest. Articles about cross-border cooperation and cross-border public services. And more.

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Wiktor Szydarowski, Director, ESPON EGTC
European challenges at the heart of renewed territorial planning
Yves Le Breton, Director General National Agency for Territorial Cohesion, (ANCT) France
We're going to do it because it's hard, not because it's easy
Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London.
15-minute city // 30-minutes territory
Carlos Moreno, Professor and the scientific director of the ETI Chair - Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University. Interview to Marie-Lorraine Dangeard, ANCT
Holding the European social model when challenged by external pressures, internal effects and continuous crises
Christa Schweng, president of the European Economic and Social Committee
The evolution and future of Cohesion Policy
Peter Berkowitz, Director Policy Development and Economic Analysis, at the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
The eighth Cohesion Report: initial reflections on the future of Cohesion Policy
Nathalie Sarrabezolles, Chairwoman of the COTER commission of the CoR and Member of Finistère Departmental Council
Addressing policy challenges in urban and spatial planning through EU cohesion policy
Efthimios Bakogiannis, Secretary General of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment in the Ministry of Environment and Energy in Greece, and Assistant Professor, National Technical University of Athens
The right questions to ask about the future of cohesion policy
Francesco Molica, Director for Regional Policy, CPMR
The economic and social impact of COVID-19: a selection of policy responses
Nora Sanchez Gassen and John Moodie, Senior Research Fellows, Nordregio
Lagging regions: how to bounce forward
Annabelle Boutet, Head of the Foresight, Monitoring and Innovation Unit, French National Agency for Territorial Cohesion (ANCT)
Russia’s aggression against Ukraine: Europe’s next crucial steps
Urmas Paet, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee
Rebuilding Ukraine after the war, with support from the EU
Oleksandr Slobozhan, PhD in public administration Executive Director of the All-Ukrainian Association of Local Governments Bodies (Association of Ukrainian Cities)
From destruction to a new dimension of sustainability in post-war Ukraine
Eugenia Maruniak, D.Sc., Leonid Rudenko, Academician, D.Sc., Prof., Sergiy Lisovskyi, D.Sc., Yuriy Palekha, D.Sc.
EIB is ready to support EU efforts to rebuild Ukraine
Jean-Erik De Zagon, the Head of the EIB representation in Ukraine. Interview to Nikos Lampropoulos, ESPON EGTC
Cross-border public services: a pathway for full territorial cohesion
Valeria Cenacchi and Ricardo Ferreira, European Commission, DG Regio, Border Focal point
Rising awareness of brownfield potential
Lorraine Mazur, Senior Consultant, Damiano Ravera, Junior Consultant, Ramboll Management Consulting
New geographies, new institutional frameworks
Lanfranco Senn, Università Bocconi, Globus et Locus and Luca Garavaglia, Globus et Locus
Making Ground Book summary
Adrian Vickery Hill, researcher Osmosnetwork Valeria Fedeli, professor Politecnica di Milano
Impacts of the health crisis on the accessibility of services of general interest
Mar Ortega-Reig, Universitat Politècnica de València, Carsten Schürmann, TCP International, Adrian Ferrandis, Universitat de València
6AIKA: when cities pool resources together to develop solutions for common challenges
Ana Robalo Correia, Senior consultant , Deloitte Margarida Campolargo, Community and Project Manager, OASC Martin Brynskov, Chair, OASC
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Milada Hronkova, Department of European Territorial Cooperation, Ministry for Regional Development, Czech Republic
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