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Calls for Tenders 

Call for Tender for Applied Research

The ESPON EGTC has launched these Calls for Tenders for Applied Research activities as follows:

  1. Green infrastructure and ecosystem services”, deadline is 5 May 2017 at 10:00.
  2. Impacts of refugee flows to territorial development in Europe“, deadline 2 June 2017 at 10:30
  3. Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences“, deadline 22 May 2017 at 10:30
  4. Financial Instruments and Territorial Cohesion“, deadline 22 May 2017 at 10:00

 Further information at the ESPON Website.


Applied Research Activities

Prior information

The ESPON EGTC will tender 7 new applied research activities:

1.    Financial instruments and territorial cohesion

2.    Green infrastructures and ecosystem services

3.    European territorial reference framework towards 2050

4.    Youth unemployment: territorial trends and regional resilience

5.    Circular economy and territorial consequences

6.    Flows of migrants and refugees

7.    Territories with geographical specificities

Further information at the ESPON Website.

Inception Report of COMPASS

In the late 1990’s the European Commission published the ‘EU Compendium on Spatial Planning Systems and Policies’ which covered the 15 EU member states at that time. Since then there have been significant developments in pan-European territorial and cohesion policies.

The ESPON Applied Research activity COMPASS – Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe, shall answer three main policy questions:

  • What changes in territorial governance and spatial planning systems and policies can be observed across Europe over the past 15 years? Can these changes be attributed to the influence of macro-level EU directives and policies?
  • What are best-practices for cross-fertilisation of spatial and territorial development policies with EU Cohesion Policy?
  • How can national/regional spatial and territorial development policy perspectives be better reflected in Cohesion Policy and other policies at the EU scale?

The lead contractor, TU Delft (NL) and the 24 partners, delivered the Inception Report which provides a description of the conceptual and methodological framework, an overview of qualitative data and other documentary sources to be collected and used.

COMPASS Inception Report is available at the ESPON Website.

Interim Report of ESPON Locate

One of the major challenges Europe’s regions and cities are confronted with is climate change and its potential physical, social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts. Climate change adaptation measures should help to moderate harmful effects and/or exploit beneficial opportunities for cities and regions.

The ESPON Applied Research activity Locate – Territories and low-carbon economy, shall answer three main policy questions:

  • What do energy consumption patterns look like in European regions and cities? How have they changed over the past 10 years?
  • Are there particular types of regions and cities that find it easier in making full use of their renewable energy potential? How could challenges existing in this context be overcome in different types of territories?
  • What kind of action/policy is needed in what type of region/city to ensure a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy/lifestyle? How can regions and cities create framework conditions for unlocking low-carbon investment by the private sector?

The lead contractor, ÖIR-Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (AT) and the 3 partners (Energy Economics Group-Vienna University of Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Global Urban Research Unit-Newcastle University) delivered the Interim Report which provides interim results and information on the ongoing work and informs about the plan to fulfill the envisaged tasks.

ESPON Locate Inception Report is available at the ESPON Website.



Workshops, Seminars, Meetings, Consultations and other events 

ESPON Seminar in Valletta

"Revealing territorial potentials and shaping new policies - Contribution to the post-2020 Cohesion policy debate"

Valletta, 24-25 May 2017 – In cooperation with the Maltese EU Presidency, the ESPON EGTC is organizing a seminar to contribute to the debate on the performance and future of EU Cohesion policy and to address territories with geographic specificities.

The Seminar is specifically addressed to policy-makers and programme authorities:

  • engaged in the design and/ or implementation of Cohesion policy, including its territorial cooperation objective;
  • developing and implementing policies in support of territories with geographic specificities;
  • engaged and/or interested in existing good practices and new territorial governance solutions to promote functional geographies and territorial cooperation.

Deadline to register is Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 15h00.

Programme and registration details may be found at the ESPON Website.​

Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy

Brussels, 8-12 October 2017 - The European Commission DG Regio, the Committee of the Regions and the Regional Studies Association in cooperation with the European Regional Science Association and the Association of European Schools of Planning, organise the 5th Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy which will be held in Brussels for PhD students and early career researchers during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

The Master Class is a unique format to connect young researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of and research on EU Cohesion Policy.

The deadline for applications is 9 May 2017.

Further details, including Programme, Application Form, 2016 Master Class Proceedings at RSA Website.


Targeted Analyses

Stakeholder proposals for ESPON Targeted Analyses

With the objective of contributing to policy demands and development strategies with tailor-made territorial evidence, ESPON Targeted Analyses offer the opportunity to bring in the European perspective into policy and programming processes. Stakeholders can develop a project proposal and submit it to the ESPON EGTC. Selected proposals will be considered for implementation as Targeted Analyses projects.

The ESPON EGTC evaluates twice per year all stakeholder proposals received by certain cut-off dates. The next cut-off date is 23 June 2017.

All the documentation is available for download on this ESPON webpage.

Ongoing Targeted Analyses

Under the Specific Objective 2 of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme, “Upgraded knowledge transfer and use of analytical user support”, Targeted Analyses are powerful means to transfer knowledge, share experience and facilitate the use of European territorial evidence rooted in real place-based policy development processes.

Read more about the ongoing Targeted Analyses at the ESPON Website:

  1. Regional Strategy, ReSSI - Regional strategies for sustainable and inclusive territorial development – Regional interplay and EU dialogue
  2. Spatial Dynamics, SPIMA – Spatial dynamics and strategic planning in metropolitan areas
  3. Territorial Cooperation, TCA - Thinking and Planning in Areas of Territorial Cooperation

Prior information

The ESPON EGTC will tender 4 service contracts for Targeted Analyses as follows:

1) Alps2050 – Common spatial perspectives for the Alpine Space. Towards a common vision.

Lead stakeholder: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Department of European Spatial Development / Territorial Cohesion (Germany)

Objective of the analysis: Alps2050 will produce common spatial perspectives to strengthen territorial cooperation among Alpine countries towards more effective sustainable development.

2) Cross-border Public Services (CPS)

Lead stakeholder: Region Sonderjylland – Schleswig Joint Secretariat & Infocenter (Denmark)

Objective of the analysis: CPS will identify and map existing cross-border public services; create the basis for improving existing and developing new services; generate awareness about the added value of CPS and exchange experiences and best practices.

3) Future Digital Health in the EU

Lead stakeholder: Ministry of Finance, Regional Development Department (Estonia)

Objective of the analysis: This activity will analyse digital health solutions and policies in study areas which foster development of data-driven healthcare and eHealth services, identify bottlenecks, and propose policy recommendations.

4) Cultural Heritage (CH) as a strategic territorial development resource; mapping impacts through a set of common European socio-economic indicators.

Lead stakeholder: Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Norway)

Objective of the analysis: To formulate a set of socioeconomic indicators for immovable CH that is meaningful and internationally comparable and to provide data for these indicators for a selection of European countries/regions.​

Job Adverts

The ESPON EGTC is looking for a Lawyer/European and Luxembourg law for a fixed-term period of one year. The deadline for applying is 12 May 2017 at 16h00.

Further information at the ESPON Website.

Regional Strategies – ESPON ReSSI Inception Delivery

Coventry City Council, Southern Denmark Region, Piedmont Region, Oeiras City Council, the four stakeholders of the targeted analysis ReSSI, address crucial questions to the research team in order to investigate how the Europe 2020 objectives can be promoted by local authorities, in the context of evolving landscapes of territorial governance and planning.

In their Inception Delivery, the Universities of Coventry, Copenhagen, Politecnico di Torino and Lisbon, have elaborated the conceptual and methodological framework and the general research context of the targeted analysis.

The delivery provides a first overview of the most prevalent governance systems in Europe and offers an outline of the opportunities and challenges for cities and regions following changes in governance in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

The Inception Delivery of ESPON ReSSI is now online at the ESPON Website.​

ESPON Policy Brief “Shaping new policies in specific types of territories in Europe: islands, mountains, sparsely populated and coastal regions”

Article 174 of the Lisbon Treaty states that “In order to promote its overall harmonious development, the Union shall develop and pursue its actions leading to the strengthening of its economic, social and territorial cohesion. In particular, the Union shall aim at reducing disparities between the levels of development of the various regions and the backwardness of the least favoured regions. Among the regions concerned, particular attention shall be paid to rural areas, areas affected by industrial transition, and regions which suffer from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps such as the northernmost regions with very low population density and island, cross-border and mountain regions”.

Within Europe these regions have unique geographical characteristics in which the identification of competitive opportunities is linked to their specific advantages and territorial assets. These vary by region and the key policy questions are:

  • How to better explore these unique assets?
  • How to reduce and overcome development challenges?

At the initiative of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, ESPON presents territorial observations and policy messages on key development patterns of territories with geographic specificities: coastal areas, islands, mountains and sparsely populated regions.

The ESPON Policy Brief and the background Working Paper, including maps, are available at the ESPON Website.

Further information on the ESPON Programme can be obtained by clicking here.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​