Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • SURE: Success for Convergence Regions’ Economies

    Thematic scope
    It is commonly accepted that convergence regions within the EU do not only suffer from far below average GDP per capita, but are also forced to grow faster than other regions and to ensure that this growth is consistent. In order to tackle this reality, many EU-funded projects aim at stimulating these regions’ development and helping to strengthen the regional capacity in the fields of physical and human capital, innovation, knowledge-based society, adaptability to change, the environment and administrative effectiveness.
    Against this backdrop, this project focuses on the specific challenges of development of convergence regions within the EU. Despite the fact that these regions have been awarded with extensive funds, not all have taken advantage to the same extent and therefore are still unable to improve their socio-economic performance and competitiveness. Therefore this project seeks to understand why some convergence regions are unable to improve economic performance and competitiveness. It will do so by systematically comparing relevant factors for economic growth and by analysing successful cohesion projects over the last 15 years in convergence regions with both high and low growth rates.

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

    • Campania Region (Lead Stakeholder)
    • Podlaskie Voivodship Marshal’s Office, Poland
    • Fundacion Comunidad Valenciana - Region Europea, Spain
    • Region of East Macedonia – Thrace, Greece

    Lead partner

    Interdepartmental Research Centre L.U.P.T. - Territorial Town Planning Laboratory - University of Naples “Federico II”

    Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.
    Budget : € 200.000,00

    Project’s lifetime : March 2009 – June 2010

    Delivery of Reports
    Inception Report: 1 June 2009
    Interim Report: 2 November 2009
    Draft Final Report: 5 April 2010
    Final Report: 16 August 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:
    Sara FERRARA,

    Name Type Size
    Final Report PDF 6.49 MB
    Draft Final Report PDF 3.83 MB
    Interim Report PDF 675.98 KB
    Inception Report PDF 317.52 KB
    Project Specification PDF 45.48 KB
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