Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • ARTS - Assessment of Regional and Territorial Sensitivity


    Territorial and regional sensitivity of EU Directives

    Thematic scope

    An effective exploitation of Europe’s territorial capital requires deeper insights into the various territorial effects of EU sector legislation and policy as well as on how they structurally reinforce each other. Policymakers increasingly acknowledge the need to consider ex ante possible territorial effects of new EU sector legislation and policy as they might have both directly and indirectly often unintended impacts on territorial organisation and development at European, (trans)national and regional level.

    Policy practice shows that these impacts are sometimes felt at regional/local level instead of having a global impact for the entire European territory. The impact often varies throughout the different types of territories and regions in Europe as the sensitivity to different types of EU legislation and policy varies in the different types of territories and regions. Territorial (regional) sensitivity to EU legislation can be described as the degree to which a territory (region) is directly and indirectly affected, either adversely or beneficially by change in European legislation or policy. Territorial sensitivity hence is an important variable in Territorial Impact Analysis. In contrast to vulnerability territorial sensitivity also takes into account possible benefits but does not consider the (possible) adaptive capacity of a territory.

    Policymakers in the field of territorial cohesion and development need evidence-based information that supports them in creating awareness on possible territorial impacts during the policymaking processes of sectoral EU policy and legislation. A particular consideration in this respect is the fact that regions and different types of territories are not equally affected by new EU policy and legislation. The regional sensitivity differs due to geographical, socio-economic, environmental and cultural characteristics. A good insight in the difference in regional sensitivity is considered as an important element to carry out a meaningful analysis of territorial impacts.

    Please read more about the main research areas and main results envisaged on the next page.

    Lead Partner

    Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning, Austria
    Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

    Sounding Board

    Kai Böhme, Luxembourg

    Davide Genelitti, Italy

    Budget: € 247 787,50

    Project’s lifetime: February 2010 – November 2011

    Delivery of Reports

    Inception Report: 31 August 2010

    Draft Final Report: 28 February 2010

    Final Report: 31 May 2011

    Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee

    More information
    Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:
    Marjan VAN HERWIJNEN, e-mail:

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