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19 April 2017

A seminar jointly convened by URBACT (IRELAND) and ESPON (IRELAND) recently took place on the 22nd March at the Ashling hotel Dublin.

Organised by the EU/ERDF URBACT and ESPON Ireland programmes and in support of the ‘Ireland 2040’ planning process, the purpose of this event was to debate proposals and policies designed to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive development in Irish cities with explicit reference to the wider EU funding and policy landscape.
As Ireland moves to strengthen the role of its cities - and especially its 2nd tier cities (cities outside of Dublin with more than 50,000 people) - it is imperative that it draws upon the wider intellectual and financial resources which are fermenting across the EU. Joined up thinking will be essential. We reflected then upon how Irish urban policies might usefully evolve in parallel with developments in urban policy funding, policy making and policy transfer at the EU level.

Some of the presentations at the seminar can be found below;

The Europe Union, Cities, Funding and the Urban Agenda Mr Ronan Gingles, EU Affairs and Policy Advisor, Irish Regions Office (IRO), Brussels
ERDF funding and Irish ETC Programmes: The Urban Dimension
Mr Stephen Blair, Director Southern Assembly
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ESPON 2020, ESPON lessons for National Frameworks, second tier Cities, and building resiliant workplaces -
Gavin Daly, Project Development & Coordination, ESPON EGTC.
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The URBACT Programme – Bringing Good Practices to Irish Cities
Prof. Mark Boyle, Professor of Geography, Maynooth University & National URBACT Point – Ireland
Loop City- Part Of Greater Copenhagen: A strategic collaboration between 10 Municipalities, the Capital Region of Denmark and the Danish State.
Anja Kraag Programchef/Programme Director
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Making Quality Of Life Count: Increasing Competitive Advantage
Dr. Robert Rogerson, Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
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Ireland 2040: On The Development Of A New National Planning Framework For Ireland
Paul Hogan, Senior Planning Adviser – Forward Planning Section,

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John Moran, RHH International & Former Secretary General, Department of Finance
Ann Bogan Senior Planner Cork City Council.
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