The aim of this project is to provide evidence on the territorial dimension of the EU2020 Strategy by identifying opportunities for different types of regions in relation to the targets and flagship initiatives set out in the Strategy. The results of this ESPON project are intended to be useful for policy makers at various scales in the process of identifying territorial interventions, for example at the scale of regions and local authorities and in the preparation of regional development strategies. The findings of this project furthermore will enable policymakers to have more in-depth monitoring and steering of the implementation of the strategy.
Main research areas
The aim of this project is to provide evidence on the territorial dimension of the EU2020 Strategy by identifying opportunities for different types of regions in relation to the targets and flagship initiatives set out in the strategy. In particular the following research areas are emphasized:
• Development of a regional breakdown for the indicators related to the targets and initiatives of the Strategy.
• Carry out an analysis of the territorial state and recent trends (1990 – present) of the opportunities and challenges of the European regions with regards to the objectives set in the Europe 2020 Strategy.
• Providing an extensive geographical coverage of data encompassing all countries participating in the ESPON 2013 Programme. The data situation for EU Candidate Countries and other countries of the Western Balkans will be assessed and reported.
• Give special attention to a relevant component of the project on data collection, data harmonisation and map making.
Main results envisaged
• New targeted evidence that in a solid, simple and easily understandable way communicates the opportunities, challenges and possible contribution of European territories to the policy objectives defined in the EU2020 Strategy.
• An Atlas that allows users to identify (1) which types of regions have what opportunities with regard to exploiting their territorial potentials in support of smart, sustainable and inclusive territories in Europe, and (2) which types of regions can be perceived as key drivers for European development and growth at various scales.
An electronic version of the Atlas introducing dynamic and interactive elements in the maps that could help the reader/user to better understand the key message of each map.
• What is the territorial dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy?
• Which types of regions have what opportunities to reach the targets set and contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth?
• What specific levers for development regions have in order to support the three pillars related to the EU2020 Strategy? And how can these opportunities and potentials can be more efficiently exploited?
• What is the current position (possible by using a ratio transformation) and recent trends of the European regions/cities in relation to the targets mentioned in the Europe 2020 Strategy?
• What opportunities and challenges do the European regions/cities have to support the various policy targets of the Strategy?
Project Partners :
UMR 8504 National Centre for Scientific Research, France, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Italy, Hellenic Open University, Greece, University of Bucharest,University College Dublin, Ireland and MCRIT S.L., Spain
Lead Partner :
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.
Sounding Board :
Roman ROEMISCH, Austria - Pekka KANGAS, Finland
Members of the UMR 8504 that participated at the project :
Petros Petsimeris - Martine Laborde - Jose Ignacio Vila Vazquez -
Maria Luisa Caputo