Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • BEST METROPOLISES - Best Development Conditions in European Metropolises: Paris, Berlin and Warsaw

    Thematic scope

    Metropolitan regions are the primary growth poles for regions and countries and they are seen as key drivers of territorial development both in the national and European context. Metropolisation is a complex process, affecting cities on a social, economic and spatial level. Therefore it is important to understand the logic of metropolitan development in order to determine what potentials should be mobilised. The project focuses on processes of urban development that many cities and regions in the EU currently experience. Emphasis is laid on comparing cities, thus enabling them to identify similarities and common challenges in relation to the project’s three main themes: living conditions, mobility and governance in the metropolitan context. The analysis will focus on the metropolitan areas of Berlin, Paris and Warsaw attempting to gather information and knowledge that can be used in the planning, development and management practice of metropolitan cities and areas.

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


    European Funds Department of the City of Warsaw (Lead Stakeholder)

    Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development

    International Relations Department, General Secretariat, of the City of Paris.

    Lead Partner

    S. Leszczycki Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Poland

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

    Budget : € 349 300,00

    Project’s lifetime: September 2010 – August 2012

    Delivery of Reports

    Inception Report: 2 March 2011
    Interim Report: 15 January 2012
    Draft Final report: 31 August 2012
    Final report: 31 January 2013

    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:
    Michaela GENSHEIMER, e-mail:

    Name Type Size
    Final Report - Executive Summary and Main Report PDF 6.13 MB
    Final Report - Scientific Report PDF 37.45 MB
    Final Report - Annexes PDF 30.94 MB
    Draft Final Report PDF 5.02 MB
    Draft Final Report - Annexes PDF 6.99 MB
    Interim Report PDF 2.11 MB
    Interim Report Annexes PDF 8.40 MB
    Inception Report PDF 259.40 KB
    Project Specification PDF 90.50 KB
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