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Calls, Tenders and Other Information

Calls for Tenders 

Calls for Tender for Targeted Analyses

The ESPON EGTC has launched three Calls for Tender for Targeted Analyses:

  1. "Linking networks of protected areas to territorial development (LinkPAs)", deadline 27 March 2017 at 10:00
  2. "Territorial Scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region (BT 2050)", deadline 27 March 2017 at 10:30
  3. "Territorial and Urban Potentials Connected to Migration and Refugee Flows", deadline 27 March 2017 at 11:00

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.


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

Job Adverts

The ESPON EGTC is hiring! There are three open positions (one year fixed term contracts):

  1. Project Expert
  2. Financial Expert/ Public Procurement
  3. Administrative Officer

The deadline for applying is 24 March 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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​