TIA CBC - Territorial Impact Assessment for Cross-Border Cooperation

Theme:  Cross-border cooperation, territorial impact assessment, indicators


To date, there is no elaborated territorial impact assessment methodology/model that has proven to be well-suited for assessing the ex-post impacts of CBC programmes. The service provider will develop a step-by-step methodology, describing how to determine the ex-post impact of cross-border cooperation (CBC) programmes on the territorial development of the border regions. A test of the methodology will also be performed in five stakeholder territories by providing evidence on how the elaborated methodology works in practice. It is foreseen that mostly 2007 – 2013 programming period data will be used. This targeted analysis will primarily focus on the following five INTERREG A programmes:

  1. Germany – the Netherlands
  2. Sweden - Norway
  3. Romania - Bulgaria
  4. United Kingdom - Ireland (Ireland-Northern Ireland-Scotland)
  5. Spain-Portugal (POCTEP)

The objective of this activity is to develop and test a methodology specifically tailored to assess ex-post territorial impacts of CBC programmes. The methodology will allow policy makers and practitioners to obtain evidence on the territorial impact of CBC programmes and help on developing better-informed cross-border policies. The activity will also improve understanding of the data needs to carry out ex-post territorial impact assessment of CBC programmes.

Stakeholders’ knowledge needs

  • What is the best way to measure territorial impact of CBC programmes? What kind of indicators and methodologies or tools are needed to do that?
  • What data is needed on cross-border regions to be able to carry out territorial impact assessment of CBC programmes? What data should be collected at EU, national, regional or programme level in the future?
  • What is needed to be able to make comparisons on territorial impact of CBC programmes across CBC programmes (benchmarking)?
  • How to communicate and use the results of TIA to improve the design of CBC programmes and policies on CB regions in general?

Main outcomes

  • An overview of existing ex-post and ex-ante territorial impact assessment methodologies and the way these methodologies can be applied to evaluate ex-post impact of the CBC programmes on territorial development of border regions.
  • A step-by-step methodology describing how to determine the ex-post impact of any CBC programme on territorial development of border regions. Where needed a description how to adjust the methodology given the particular territorial structure of the CBC programmes.
  • Evidence (collected data, maps and a set of indicators) on the ex-post territorial impact of the 5 CBC programmes.
  • Proposal on how (and to whom) to communicate and utilize the results of TIA for better design of CBC programmes.


  • Joint Secretariat of the INTERREG A programme Germany – the Netherlands (c/o Euregio Rhine-Waal) (lead stakeholder)
  • Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine- Westphalia (Managing Authority)
  • Province Gelderland of the Netherlands
  • Joint Secretariat of the INTERREG A programme Sweden – Norway (c/o Hedmark County Council)
  • Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds of Romania (Managing Authority)
  • Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria (National Authority)
  • Galicia-North Portugal European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation
  • Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) (Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat)


  • The Transfrontier Operational Mission (MOT)
  • The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)
  • European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
  • European Committee of the Regions


  • ÖIR, Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning: AT (lead contractor)
  • blue! Advancing european projects, DE
  • M&E Factory, BG
  • Maastricht University, NL
  • Nordregio, SE
  • Red2Red Consultores, ES
  • University College Dublin, IE
  • University of Liverpool, UK

Budget: € 283.429

Lifetime: May 2018 – May 2019


  • Inception delivery, 23 July 2018
  • Interim delivery, 24 September 2018
  • Draft Final delivery, 25 February 2019
  • Final delivery, 23 May 2019

Contact :

Zintis Hermansons (Project Expert) [email protected] , Akos Szabo (Financial Expert) [email protected]


TIA-CBC_Synthesis report.pdf

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TIA-CBC_Main report.pdf

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TIA-CBC_Scientific annex.pdf

  • Acrobat Document | 9.93MB


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