SIESTA - Spatial indicators for a Europe 2020 Strategy Territorial Analysis
In the Europe 2020 Strategy, launched on 3 March 2010 by the European Commission three key drivers for growth were identified and to be implemented through concrete actions at EU and national levels:
- Smart growth – fostering knowledge, innovation, education and digital society
- Sustainable growth – making our production more resource efficient while boosting our competitiveness, and
- Inclusive growth – raising participation in the labour market, the acquisition of skills and the fight against poverty.
Moreover, following the logic of the Territorial Agenda of the EU, orientations for policy makers should refer to the respective territorial development opportunities and the available options to mobilise these for the benefit of the cities, urban agglomerations and surrounding regions in question. In this respect, references to future policy options should take account of European Cohesion Policy orientations, in particular expressed in the Community Strategic Guidelines on Cohesion 2007-2013, the Fourth and Fifth Report on Cohesion, as well as (the debate on the) Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion.
Considering this policy context and the close link of this Strategy to territorial cohesion it is important to understand the territorial dimension of these initiatives and targets and Europe’s diversity. Furthermore, research is needed to identify the different types of challenges for regional development working to the Europe 2020 Strategy.
The aim of this project is to provide evidence on the territorial dimension of the EU2020 Strategy by identifying opportunities for different types of regions in relation to the targets and flagship initiatives set out in the Strategy. The results of this ESPON project are intended to be useful for policy makers at various scales in the process of identifying territorial interventions, for example at the scale of regions and local authorities and in the preparation of regional development strategies. The findings of this project furthermore will enable policymakers to have more in-depth monitoring and steering of the implementation of the strategy.
- What is the territorial dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy?
- Which types of regions have what opportunities to reach the targets set and contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth?
- What specific levers for development regions have in order to support the three pillars related to the EU2020 Strategy? And how can these opportunities and potentials can be more efficiently exploited?
- What is the current position (possible by using a ratio transformation) and recent trends of the European regions/cities in relation to the targets mentioned in the Europe 2020 Strategy?
- What opportunities and challenges do the European regions/cities have to support the various policy targets of the Strategy?
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.
Roman ROEMISCH, Austria
Pekka KANGAS, Finland
Budget: € 400.000
Project’s lifetime: June 2011– April 2013
Delivery of Reports
Inception Report: 02 December 2011
Draft Final Report: 8 August 2012
Final Report: 31 October 2012
Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee
Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit: Sandra DI BIAGGIO, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org