Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • TERCO - European Territorial Cooperation as a Factor of Growth, Jobs and Quality of Life


    Territorial cooperation in transnational areas and across internal/external borders

    Thematic scope

    Territorial cooperation is seen as one of the most important factors contributing to innovation which is key in the achievement of sustainable growth and jobs. European territorial cooperation facilitates the exchange between people and regions on experience and best practice in regional policy, irrespective of existing borders.

    Experiences with territorial cooperation have been gathered in different European areas and with different structures. One of the aims of the current EU programming period 2007-2013 is to reinforce added value through cooperation across borders, transnationally as well as interregionally. Regions and cities from different EU Member States are encouraged to work together to find common solutions in different fields. The Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion of the European Commission also adresses territorial cooperation and attaches great importance to it in the framework of European territorial development and in the “long-term and sustainable growth performance of the EU as a whole”.

    Future considerations concerning the strengthening of territorial cooperation may benefit from facts concerning potential drivers for cooperation, determinants and governance structures. These could spark further interest of regions, cities and countries in entering into cooperation arrangements. More evidence in this field can also serve as support in defining future EU Structural Funds contribution to territorial cooperation areas.

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

    Lead Partner

    EUROREG Centrum Europejskich Studiów Regionalnych i Lokalnych, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Poland

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

    Sounding Board

    Philippe Doucet, France

    Joaquin Farinos Dasi, Spain

    Budget: € 849 710,00

    Project’s lifetime: February 2010 – March 2013

    Delivery of Reports
    Inception Report: 2 September 2010
    Interim Report: 2 March 2011
    Draft Final Report: 2 March 2012
    Final Report: 1 July 2012

    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:

    Name Type Size
    Final Report - Executive Summary PDF 1.03 MB
    Final Report - Main Report PDF 14.48 MB
    Final Report - Scientific Report Part I PDF 21.16 MB
    Final Report - Scientific Report Part II PDF 28.76 MB
    Final Report - Abbreviations and glossary PDF 238.01 KB
    Final Report - Bibliography PDF 347.21 KB
    Draft Final Report Executive Summary PDF 1.06 MB
    Draft Final Report Main Report PDF 6.57 MB
    Draft Final Report Annexes PDF 34.27 MB
    Interim Report PDF 5.72 MB
    Inception Report PDF 1,006.01 KB
    Project Specification PDF 48.80 KB
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