Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • ATTREG - Attractiveness of European Regions and Cities for Residents and Visitors

    Thematic scope

    Economic analysis often focuses exclusively on the sites of production. This project focuses on the sites of consumption. Instead of looking at large manufacturing plants producing for export or at multinational headquarters, this project is looking at the impact of shops and restaurants, hotels and hospitals, doctors and post offices. The attractiveness of European regions and cities for residents and visitors alike depends on the quality, cost and availability of specific services and goods.

    Attractive, competitive and dynamic regions and cities have been a major issue for the development of respective policies. The ESDP (1999) already underlined the need to support regions and cities in becoming more competitive and attractive. Against this backdrop, this project shall strive to achieve a better understanding of the contribution of European regions’ and cities’ attractiveness to economic performance. In addition, it shall identify the key ingredients of attractiveness in different types of territories, from vibrating city centres to tranquil rural settlements, taking into account issues such as access to services, well-being and quality of life. Finally, the project shall investigate in which way policy makers can improve the attractiveness of their city or region by reconciling the interests of both, residents and visitors.

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

    Lead Partner

    University 'Rovira i Virgili', Spain

    Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups

    Sounding Board

    Magdalena Belof, Poland
    Sergio Campanella, Italy

    Budget: € 840 067,69

    Project’s lifetime: February 2010 – October 2012

    Delivery of Reports
    Inception Report: 30 June 2010

    Interim Report: 31 December 2010

    Annex to Inception Report: 31 May 2011

    Draft Final Report: 1 December 2011

    Final Report: 30 April 2012

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

    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:
    SandraDI BIAGGIO, e-mail:

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