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Thematic Action Plan on 'Governance of new geographies'



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As highlighted by the Territorial Agenda 2030, Europe has many different types of places, such as capital regions, metropolitan areas, small and medium-sized towns, peri-urban areas, rural areas, inner peripheries, peripheral areas, northernmost areas, sparsely populated areas, islands, coastal areas, mountainous areas, outermost regions, crossborder regions, macro-regions, characterized by different territorial development trajectories, functional links and harder or softer territorial cooperation arrangements.

Although mostly associated with urban agglomerations, nowadays functional areas are seen as a connector of different types of places. Thus, today’s political agenda is concerned not only with functional urban areas (FUA), but different types of other functional and soft cooperation areas which may be regarded as new geographies – functional rural areas, functional cross-border areas, functional transnational cooperation areas, labour market areas, areas of landsea interactions, areas of green infrastructure, macro-regions, island areas, neighbourhood areas, etc.
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