CPS - Cross-border Public Services

Theme: cross-border cooperation, services of general interest, territories with geographic specificities, cross-border metropolitan areas


The Cross-border Public Services targeted analysis aims at improving the delivery practices of cross-border public services in different types of EU border-regions with different cross-border cooperation traditions. This project will contribute to explore functional geographies and to extend the use of European territorial evidence at cross-border areas level. Moreover, the CPS activities will involve policy makers at regional levels, authorities implementing EU funded programmes and stakeholder organisations such as AEBR that all belong to key target groups for Targeted Analysis projects in.

The expected outcome of the activity should be an EU-wide overview on main features of cross-border service provision according to different types of territories; a stock-taking of territorial problems/needs to be addressed by cross-border services; in-depth prospective analyses (forecasting) to identify medium and long-term needs for an adaptation of existing and/or development of new services; and exchange of experience on public service provision practices among practitioners. The project has been proposed by a cluster of 11 stakeholders covering different types of cross-border regions representative of the EU’s territorial diversity.

Policy questions

  • Where do cross-border public services exist along EU borders?
  • Which services are available in the cross-border study areas covered by CPS and which services are currently missing, regarding stakeholders objectives and needs (i.e. in which specific policy fields)?
  • What are potential blocking factors for developing cross-border services in the study areas covered by CPS (i.e. existing border obstacles)?
  • What are the development potentials and future needs in the study areas covered by CPS for setting up cross-border public services, and how can these potentials best be exploited?
  • What are the main policy recommendations for improving cross-border public service provision, both in the study areas covered by CPS but also generally for cross-border regions throughout the EU?


  • Region Sønderjylland – Schleswig Joint Secretariat & Infocenter (lead stakeholder)
  • EuRegio Salzburg Berchtesgadener Land Traunstein, Germany
  • Euregio Bayerischer Wald – Böhmerwald – Unterer Inn e.V., Germany
  • Galicia North Portugal EGTC, Spain
  • Bothnian Arc, Sweden
  • Development Centre Murska Sobota, Slovenia
  • Regional Council of South Karelia
  • Kommunalgemeinschaft Euroregion Oberes Elbtal/Osterzgebirge e.V., Germany
  • Province of East Flanders on behalf of Euregion Scheldemond, Belgium
  • Coordination Commission for Regional Development for Alentejo, Portugal
  • Euregio Bayerischer Wald/ Böhmerwald – Regionalmanagement Mühlviertel, Austria

The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) has been chosen to operate as helpdesk to assists the service provider in all its tasks, supports stakeholders and carries out specific activities on behalf of all partners.


  • Spatial Foresight, LU (lead contractor)
  • Eureconsult S.A. , LU
  • TCP International GmbH, DE
  • IPoP-Institute for Spatial Policies, DE
  • IGOT - Lisbon University, PT
  • Nordregio, International Research Center, SE

Budget: € 292 240.26

Lifetime: November 2017 – November 2018


  • Inception delivery, 16 January 2018
  • Interim delivery, 16 April 2018
  • Draft Final delivery, 31 August 2018
  • Final delivery, 16 November 2018

Contact : Nicolas Rossignol (Project Expert) nicolas.rossignol@espon.euJohannes Kiersch (Financial Expert) johannes.kiersch@espon.eu


ESPON CPS draft executive summary

ESPON CPS Synthesis Report

ESPON CPS draft final report

ESPON CPS Scientific Report

ESPON CPS Scientific Report Annex I

ESPON CPS Scientific Report Annex II Good practice factsheets

ESPON CPS Scientific Report Annex III Sønderjylland-Schleswig

ESPON CPS Scientific Report Annex IV Salzburg-Berchtesgardener Land - Traunstein

ESPON CPS Scientific Report Annex V Galicia-Norte

ESPON CPS Scientific Report Annex VI Bothnian Arc

ESPON CPS Scientific Report Annex VII Pomurje

ESPON CPS Scientific Report Annex VIII South Karelia

ESPON CPS Scientific Report Annex X Scheldemond

ESPON CPS Scientific Report Annex XI Alentejo

ESPON CPS Interim report

ESPON CPS Inception report