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OECD Regional Outlook 2014

Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet

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Regions and cities are on the front lines of many challenges faced by OECD countries today, from education and jobs to health care and quality of life. Getting regions and cities “right”, adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work,  is vital to improving citizens’ well-being. This second edition of the OECD Regional Outlook aims to help countries do just that. Part I describes the main trends and challenges today. Part II has a special focus on cities, looking at public investment, urban framework policies, and rural-urban issues. Part III presents a Policy Forum on the future of cities, with five contributions from distinguished authors and policy makers. Part IV offers profiles of regional development in all 34 OECD countries.

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Estonia

A new National Spatial Plan “Estonia 2030+” was enacted in August 2012. The plan aims to improve the quality of the environment both in cities and in sparsely populated areas, ensuring the functioning and accessibility of the daily activity spaces, supported by multimodal mobility solutions, good external connections, wider use of renewable energy and energy-saving measures, and balanced by the vitality of the green networks.

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