Regional Development

Innovation and Green Growth: The Regional Dimension


TDPC Symposium on Regional Policy


2 December 2009, OECD Conference Centre, Paris


Following on from the meeting of the Territorial Development Policy Committee (TDPC) at Ministerial level last March, the TDPC organised a Symposium to pursue the regional policy dialogue in several key policy areas, as highlighted by Ministers at the meeting.

The Symposium gathered several Ministers and high-level officials, TDPC Delegates, and OECD Experts.



(L to R) Charles Fluharty,Vice-president for Policy Programs, Rural Policy Research Institute, United States; Fabrizio Barca, Director General, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy and Mark Drabenstott, Chair, Territorial Development Policy Committee




(L to R) Dr. Henrik Gjerkeš, Minister responsible for local self-government and regional development, Government of the Republic of Slovenia talks with Mario Pezzini, Deputy Director, Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD


Opening statement

  • Mark Drabenstott, Chair, Territorial Development Policy Committee

Session 1: Equity and efficiency: Striking the balance in regional policies objectives


  • Are regional policies instrumental in improving the complementarity between equity and efficiency targets?
  • In which type of regions are questions related to complementarity the most crucial: urban, rural, regional level, local level?
  • What good practices can be identified?

Keynote Speaker

Session 2: Why regions matter for innovation and green growth strategies?


  • What is the scope to implement regional policies promoting innovation and green growth strategies?
  • What is the division of labour between cities and rural areas in promoting innovation and green growth?

Keynote Speaker

Session 3: The impact of the crisis on regional governance and sub-national governments.


  • What are the main challenges generated by the crisis for the implementation of regional policy
  • Which mechanisms can be put in place to align the objectives of different government levels in order to ensure the most effective use of the public spending associated with the crisis?
  • What information sharing mechanisms between levels of government and with private actors can be identified for post-crisis re-building?

Keynote Speaker

  • Charles Fluharty,Vice-president for Policy Programs, Rural Policy Research Institute, United States
    PowerPoint presentation (PDF 223kb)

Session 4: Monitoring, follow-up and implementation of regional policies: Strengthening peer-review mechanisms.


  • How to strengthen peer-review mechanisms on regional policies?
  • How to compare success and failures in the provision of public goods and services across regions and countries?
  • How to develop a system of policy indicators? Which indicators seem the most relevant in the area of regional policy to start with?

Keynote Speaker

Closing remarks

  • Mark Drabenstott, Chair, Territorial Development Policy Committee
    Closing statement  (PDF 116kb)



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