Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • ULYSSES - Using applied research results from ESPON as a yardstick for cross-border spatial development planning

    Thematic scope

    ULYSSES is an experimental and innovative project supported by 18 European border and cross-border areas, which aims at using applied research results from ESPON as a yardstick for decentralised cross-border spatial development planning.

    Based upon a sound methodological approach, the targeted analysis is expected – as a first step – to establish high-quality and multi-thematic territorial analyses on six specific cross-border areas, which take into consideration future territorial challenges expressed in findings of the ESPON 2006 Programme and of the current ESPON 2013 Programme.

    The targeted analysis will realise 6 comprehensive and multi-thematic territorial analyses as main outcomes and will deliver to cross-border areas a “reference baseline” on ground of which new cross-border spatial development concepts can be elaborated and / or already existing ones can be reviewed and up-graded. The strategic result of this element of the targeted analysis is therefore to lay the basis for launching - both technically and operationally - more comprehensive cross-border spatial development planning processes.

    In addition the targeted analysis will elaborate 7 “data fact sheets” on the cross-border areas not covered by the six multi-thematic territorial analyses.

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


    • Alsace Region (Lead Stakeholder)
    • Regio Basiliensis
    • Regional Planning Board of the Middle Upper Rhine
    • Regional Planning Board of the Southern Upper Rhine
    • Prefectural Authority of Drama-Kavala-Xanthi
    • Regional Council of North Karelia
    • Government of Navarra, Department of Housing and Spatial Planning
    • Regional Development and Spatial Planning Commission of Alentejo – Spatial Planning and Land Management Direction
    • General Direction of Urbanism and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Building, Regional Government of Extremadura,
    • The Öresund Committee
    • Danube-Kris-Mures-Tisa Euroregion
    • City of Szczecin
    • EuRegio Salzburg-Berchtesgadener Land-Traunstein
    • Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia
    • Working Community of the Pyrenees
    • PI Nemunas Euroregion Marijampole Bureau
    • Ems Dollart Region

    Lead Partner


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

    Budget: € 349,682.23

    Project’s lifetime: September 2010 – July 2012

    Delivery of Reports
    Inception Report: 31 January 2011

    Annex to Inception Report: 27 May 2011
    Interim Report: 5 October 2011
    Draft Final Report: 29 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:
    Sara FERRARA, e-mail:


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