PROFECY - Inner Peripheries: National territories facing challenges of access to basic services of general interest

Theme: Inner peripheries


The main objective of this tender on “Inner Peripheries” is to develop strategies for inner peripheries at European level to overcome their marginalising effects. For further reading please see below.

Policy questions

  • What are the key elements in the concept of inner peripheries? How can these be mapped? What is the current pattern of inner peripheries in the European territory? Which areas are at risk of becoming inner peripheries?
  • How can the European inner peripheries be characterized in relation to issues such as different age groups, gender balance, price development of the property market, and different types of regions?
  • What processes drive marginalization and how can these be reversed and/or overcome? (processes such as demographic decline, ageing, economic decline, decrease in employment, changed availability of networks of services of general interest, public financing, ...).
  • How can inner peripheries explore and utilise their territorial potentials, support their competitiveness, create jobs and improve the quality of life for their citizens given their conditionalities?
  • What national, regional and local strategies for inner peripheries, including more functional cooperation approaches and governance aspects, could be considered in order to improve their situation?
  • How have inner peripheries been integrated in the EU policy agenda and cohesion policy? And how can this be strengthened in the future? How do inner peripheries compare to lagging regions?


  • University of Valencia, ES (lead contractor)
  • Nordregio, SE
  • CREA, IT
  • ILS, DE
  • Federal institute for less favoured & mountainous areas, AT
  • TCP International, DE
  • University of Lodz, PL

Project Support Team

  • Barbara Acreman and Zaira Piazza, Italy
  • Eedi Sepp, Estonia
  • Zsolt Szokolai, European Commission

Budget: € 703,457.00

Lifetime: May 2016 – December 2017


  • Inception delivery, 7 August 2016
  • Interim delivery, 7 March 2017
  • Draft Final delivery, 7 August 2017
  • Final delivery, 7 December 2017

Contact: Marjan van Herwijnen (Senior Project Expert), Caroline Clause (Senior Financial Expert)

Further information: the full description of this applied research activity is available below.


Inner Peripheries - national territories facing challenges of access to basic services of general interest

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ESPON PROFECY Executive Summary



ESPON PROFECY Annex 1. Conceptual Framework

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ESPON PROFECY Annex 2. Datasets and Database

ESPON PROFECY Annex 3. Visualization of Input Data

ESPON PROFECY Annex 4. From Conceptualisation to Delineation of IPs

ESPON PROFECY Annex 5. List Inner Peripheries (NUTS3) All Delineations

ESPON PROFECY Annex 6. Delineation1 2 4 MapSeries

ESPON PROFECY Annex 7 Delineation 3 Map Series

ESPON PROFECY Annex 8. Analysis of inner peripherality in Europe

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ESPON PROFECY Annex 9. Methodological Approach of CS

ESPON PROFECY Annex 10. Case study report. Wolfsberg (Austria)

ESPON PROFECY Annex 11. Case study report. Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein (Germany)

ESPON PROFECY Annex 12. Case study report Tamási járás (Hungary) HAScorr

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ESPON PROFECY D5 Annex 13. Case study report. Area Grecanica-Calabria (Italy)

ESPON PROFECY Annex 14. Case study report Powiat Wieruszowski (Poland)

PROFECY Annex 15. Case study report. Montsià (Spain)

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ESPON PROFECY Annex 16. Case study report. Vimmerby (Sweden)

ESPON PROFECY D5 Annex 17. 10 Additional IPs

ESPON PROFECY Annex 18. Comparative Analysis of Case Study Reports

ESPON PROFECY Annex 19. Strategies for Inner Peripheries