Draft programme

11:00 | Introduction and opening statements

  • Mr Peter Schmidt, president of the EESC's NAT Section
  • Mr Stefano Palmieri, president of the EESC's ECO Section: The Territorial Agenda 2030 and balanced territorial development
  • Mrs Ulrika Landergren, chair of the Committee of the Regions' NAT Commission 

11:20 | Setting the scene: why is it worth considering rural and urban development together to achieve sustainability and prosperity? 

  • Mrs Meera Ghani, Policy Coordinator, Ecolise (European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability)
  • Mrs Rosa Gallardo Cobos, Director, Department of Economics, Sociology and Agricultural Policy, University of Cordoba
  • Q&A 

11:50 | Session 1 – How to overcome the challenges of balanced territorial development and which opportunities are emerging?  

12:10 | Session 2 – How can the EU institutions concretely contribute to the development of a sustainable and holistic territorial approach for rural/urban areas? 

12:30 | Overall debate with NAT Section Members 

12:55 | Conclusions

The debate can be followed via webstreaming in the following languages:  EN, FR, DE.