Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • EATIA - ESPON and Territorial Impact Assessment

    Thematic scope

    European sector policies and directives – often together with their translation and implementation into national and regional policies – can have a severe impact on the territorial development and spatial development policies of countries and regions in Europe.

    EU Member States and the European Commission therefore demonstrate interest in Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA). They both have been involved in research and experimental initiatives in order to better understand TIA. EU Member States underline the need for TIA in the Territorial Agenda and are now looking for a tool that is easy to use in practice.

    This project shall therefore test the practical use of existing methods and tools for TIA. Through both analytical work and an interactive learning track the project is expected to define possibilities for implementing TIA at national and sub-national level in EU Member States. The policymaking contexts of Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom shall function as test areas.

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


    • Communities and Local Government, United Kingdom (Lead Stakeholder)
    • Ministry of Cities, Spatial Planning and Environment, Portugal
    • Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, Slovenia

    Lead Partner

    University of Liverpool, School of Environmental Sciences (UK)

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

    Budget : € 349 281.00

    Project’s lifetime: September 2010 – April 2012

    Delivery of Reports
    Inception Report: 31 January 2011
    Interim Report: 29 August 2011
    Draft Final Report: 27 February 2012
    Final Report: 30 April 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:

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