Expert or political meeting
Director Generals Meeting on Territorial Cohesion / Territorial Agenda
The EU member states’ director generals responsible for territorial development and the EU goal of territorial cohesion meet bi‑annually upon invitation by the current presidency of the Council of the EU (with the participation of representatives from selected EU institutions such as the European Commission, European Parliament, Committee of the Regions and European Investment Bank). The meeting aims at achieving continuous high‑level intergovernmental cooperation on key challenges regarding European territorial development.
The Austrian Presidency will focus particularly on aspects related to effective European governance in this policy area (see also the seminar on 13 November 2018). The DG meeting will examine possible future joint priorities of European territorial development policy (including likely focal areas of a new Territorial Agenda post‑2020). To this end, attendees will discuss in particular the expert input provided by the European Observation Network for Territorial Cohesion (ESPON), and will look for ways to connect it with the ongoing work regarding the Urban Agenda for the EU.