Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • ITAN - Integrated Territorial Analysis of the Neighbourhood


    This project shall provide profound knowledge on EU neighbour regions in order to support targeted policy development in the light of Cohesion Policy aiming (1) at improved regional competitiveness as well as sustainable and balanced growth of the European territory, (2) to promote European integration in a connecting world economy, and (3) to support evidence-based cross-border cooperation along external borders. Before this backdrop the project team is elaborating an ‘Integrated Territorial Analysis of the Neighbourhoods’ (ITAN).

    Thematic scope

    The consideration of the territory beyond the EU borders seems to be obvious due to the increasingly global economy which the EU is encountering and challenges that affect territories across borders as for example climate change.

    Cities and regions of the ESPON territory and their neighbouring regions are important players in this respect that need territorial evidence supporting cooperation activities, as the set-up of networks creates opportunities to promote economic and social integration through a dialogue on common interests and strategic options.

    This project shall provide necessary territorial evidence highlighting topics of interest for cooperation activities with neighbouring regions and their cities that can be picked-up in the territorial agenda of ESPON countries.

    Potentials related to the aims of the Europe 2020 Strategy shall be identified, taking into account the contribution of the EU Cohesion Policy, for EU Member States and their neighbouring regions, in order to better understand (1) territorial interactions with neighbourhood areas and (2) potential joint development opportunities for cooperation.

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

    Policy questions

    • What territorial dynamics and respective changes over time can be identified between cities and regions of the ESPON territory and their neighbourhood?
    • How can the structures and dynamics of the ESPON neighbourhood and territorial flows between the ESPON territory and its neighbourhood be described?
    • Which territorial characteristics of the ESPON territory have an impact on the territorial development of and cohesion with the neighbouring regions and their cities?
    • How are territorial flows likely to change and what impact on the territorial development might become apparent?
    • How and where can existing territorial structures, dynamics and flows be improved by closer cooperation taking into account economic, social and environmental aspects, the enlargement of the EU, Cohesion Policy and relevant related territorial cooperation areas?

    Lead Partner

    French National Centre for Scientific Research CNRS / GIS CIST, France.

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

    Sounding Board

    Luisa Pedrazzini, IT

    Robert Knippschild, DE

    Budget: € 750 000.00

    Project’s lifetime: February 2012 – November 2014

    Delivery of Reports

    Inception Report: 31 July 2012

    Interim Report: 31 January 2013

    Draft Final Report: 7 February 2014

    Final Report: 14 July 2014


    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:

    Ann-Gritt PANNENBORG (NEUSE), e-mail:

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