S03 Stampa

Breaking down boundaries: geographers for a new geography of Europe


Andrea Natalini, AGAT (Italy)
Nicola Franceschi, AGAT (Italy)


The ongoing process of territorial integration promoted by EU policies is literally changing the face of geography in Europe: it is aimed at gradually delating ancient political and cultural borders and reducing social and economical disparities between the different regions in the continent. This process is a big challenge for the political future of the EU and represents a matter of a great geographical interest. The EU pays particular attention to the development of cooperation tools among many different countries: from environmental management to spatial planning; from energetic supply to health and education. The European Commission employs a consistent amount of its budget in programs intended to create and reinforce transnational partnerships and cooperation at different levels, from lower administration to enterprises, associations, NGOs and the same citizens. What contribution are the geographers giving to this process, either as professionals or researchers? Are the Geographical Societies in Europe actively taking part in the process? This paper session aims to explore the role that geographers are playing in the process of European territorial integration and their interpretation of it. Researchers, policy-makers and professionals who are active in this field will be invited to present the results of their studies and best practices, in order to facilitate the reflection on this strategic issue and to exchange experiences, methodologies and points of view.

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Slot 1
Chair: Andrea Natalini, Nicola Franceschi

Presentation n. 1
Title: Crossborder coopérations: the geographer and territorial reorganizations
Author(s): Lauranne Jacob, André Suchet

Presentation n. 2
Title: The key factor for a successful territorial cohesion: cross-border cooperation, How can some EU instruments make a new geography?
Author(s): Mátyás Jaschitz

Presentation n. 3
Title: The borders broken by embassy networks: how diplomacy contribute to a new regionalisation of Europe
Author(s): Antoine Laporte

Presentation n. 4
Title: Promoting geography in Europe: enabling a European dimension through Digital Earth
Author(s): Karl Donert

Slot 2
Chair: Nicola Franceschi, Andrea Natalini

Presentation n. 1
Title: Open borders with uncoordinated public passenger transport
Author(s): Matej Gabrovec

Presentation n. 2
Title: Analysis of cross-border projects 2006-2013 between France and Spain. Stakeholders and territorial impact
Author(s): Jaume Feliu, Mita Castañer, Rafel Llussà, Joan Vicente

Presentation n. 3
Title: Cross-border spaces between territorial cooperation and local development: the case of Cerdanya
Author(s): Mateo Berzi

Presentation n. 4
Title: From cross border missing links to real infrastructural links of South Scandinavia: Regional development realities and perspectives
Author(s): Christian Matthiessen

Slot 3
Chair: Nicola Franceschi, Andrea Natalini

Presentation n. 1
Title: Creative border regions: example of Latvia borderlands
Author(s): Janis Balodis, Lauma Vitolina, Mikelis Jakunovs

Presentation n. 2
Title: Exchange of knowledge on Urban Regeneration in the Framework of the European Union: an Overview from the Point of View of the Mediterranean States
Author(s): Aaron Gutiérrez-Palomero

Presentation n. 3
Title: Turkey and the Euro-Mediterranean region
Author(s): Adriana Conti

Presentation n. 4
Title: Europe seen by Turkish students: a mental definition from a non-eurocentric point of view
Author(s): Toureille Etienne

Presentation n. 5
Title: The EU and Humanitarian Action: Breaking Down Boundaries?
Author(s): Gerry O'Reilly

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