Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • POLYCE - Metropolisation and Polycentric Development in Central Europe: Evidence Based Strategic Options

    Thematic scope

    The European Commission considers the Danube Region as one of the most important areas in Europe and has set up a macro-regional strategy encouraging long term co-operation to tackle a wide range of policy challenges. The capital cities of Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava and Ljubljana wish to play an active role in this co-operation. These big cities are important drivers of development. The five cities therefore wish to strengthen their position as network of metropolises within the European and global territory. They do not only want to be the driver of development for their direct hinterland but also as a network they want to be a driver of development for the entire Danube Region as global integration zone. In order to detect opportunities for sustainable urban development at macro-regional and city-level the project shall carry out a territorial analysis at both levels.

    More reading about the main areas of analysis and main results envisaged.


    • Department of Urban Development and Planning, City of Vienna (Lead Stakeholder)
    • Department for Spatial Systems Coordination, City of Bratislava
    • Department of Spatial Planning, City of Ljubljana
    • City Development Authority, City of Prague,
    • Studio Metropolitana, Nonprofit Ltd., Hungary.

    Lead Partner

    Vienna University of Technology - Centre of Regional Science (AT)

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

    Budget : € 349 957.26

    Project’s lifetime: September 2010 – August 2012

    Delivery of Reports
    Inception Report: 31 January 2011
    Interim Report: 29 August 2011
    Draft Final Report: 27 February 2012
    Final Report: 31 May 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:
    Michaela GENSHEIMER, e-mail:

    Name Type Size
    Final Report PDF 4.57 MB
    Final Report - Scientific Report PDF 5.27 MB
    Draft Final Report PDF 1.74 MB
    Draft Final Report Scientific Report PDF 3.09 MB
    Interim Report Part a-b PDF 797.21 KB
    Interim Report Part c PDF 2.99 MB
    Inception Report PDF 273.91 KB
    Project specification PDF 140.81 KB
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