Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • FOCI - Future Orientation for Cities

    Cities and Urban Agglomerations: their functionality and development opportunities for European competitiveness and cohesion.

    Thematic scope
    Cities and urban development are a focal point of current territorial development policy. Against the background of the Lisbon Agenda’s aim of growth and jobs, cities are seen as the main potential motors for the achievement of the set goals, which was also acknowledged in EU Cohesion policy documents for 2007 – 2013, including the Community Strategic Guidelines, as well as the Territorial Agenda and the “Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities”, complementing the Territorial Agenda by focusing on the issue of sustainable cities.
    This project shall thus analyse the current state, trends and development perspectives for the largest cities and urban agglomerations within the European territory. It shall identify the driving forces of urban development which are the most relevant for understanding urban evolutions and offer scenarios for the development of Europe’s cities leading to alternative policy options.

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

    Lead Partner
    Free University of BrusselsIGEAT, Brussels (Belgium).
    Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups

    Sounding Board
    Karl Peter Schön, Germany
    Wiktor Szydarowski, Sweden

    Budget: € 998 888,00

    Project’s lifetime: September 2008 – December 2010

    Delivery of Reports
    Inception Report: 11 November 2008
    Interim Report: 30 April 2009
    Draft Final Report: 30 September 2010
    Final Report: 15 December 2010

    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:
    Michaela GENSHEIMER, e-mail:

    Name Type Size
    Final Report - Executive summary PDF 896.69 KB
    Final Report PDF 6.92 MB
    Final Report - Scientific Report PDF 23.49 MB
    Draft Final Report PDF 15.62 MB
    Draft Final Report-Executive Summary PDF 8.32 MB
    Draft Final Report-Scientific Report PDF 63.30 MB
    Press Release-Interim Report 08 July 2009 PDF 22.68 KB
    Interim Report PDF 1.60 MB
    Interim Report Annex PDF 11.48 MB
    Inception Report PDF 190.15 KB
    Inception Report Annex PDF 332.08 KB
    Project Specification PDF 76.41 KB
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