Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • METROBORDER – Cross-Border Polycentric Metropolitan Regions

    Thematic scope
    Metropolitan regions are generally seen as drivers for territorial development in the national context, as well as drivers for economic, social and cultural development on a European and global scale. Many border regions dispose of specific potentials but also specific barriers for a cross-border polycentric metropolitan region. However, cross-border areas appear to be systematically underestimated in their development opportunities so that awareness about specific advantages needs to be improved.
    This is why this project addresses cross-border metropolitan regions in Europe in relation to the policy aim of polycentric development. It aims at identifying criteria, potentials and governance practices based on available ESPON evidence for polycentric cross-border metropolitan regions in Europe and proposing options for development strategies towards a multilevel approach for two case study regions (Upper Rhine Region and the Greater Region).

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


    Lead partner

    University of Luxemburg (Luxembourg)
    Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

    : € 250.000,00

    Project’s lifetime: January 2009 – December 2010

    Delivery of Reports

    Inception Report: 9 April 2009
    Interim Report: 28 February 2010
    Draft Final Report: 31 October 2010
    Final Report: 31 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:
    Sandra DI BIAGGIO, e-mail:

    Name Type Size
    Final Report PDF 16.76 MB
    Draft Final Report PDF 2.69 MB
    Draft Final Report - Annex PDF 2.41 MB
    Interim Report PDF 22.32 MB
    Inception Report PDF 531.37 KB
    Project Specification PDF 60.99 KB
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