Cross-Border Cooperation

Cross-border cooperation has a long tradition within INTERREG and relates to various findings of ESPON projects, not at least the typologies of border regions. ESPON findings show that cross-border cooperation remains a crucial tool for achieving economic and social cohesion in Europe.

The aim of this study is to review and cross-analyse INTERREG and ESPON project activities with regard to the territorial dimension of cross-border cooperation. The main question addressed by this project is: Which “territorial” topics are addressed by current cross-border cooperations and how does this correspond to (a) topics dealt with by ESPON, and (b) the pictures and typologies of border areas developed by ESPON?

The project has been carried out by a research team composed by staff from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Regional Studies, the Stanislaw Leszczycki Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Poland, and the Karelian Institute, Finland.

Final Delivery

The Final report is available below.

Lead Partner

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.


Final Report

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Annex 1 Finnish Estonia Case

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Annex 2 Spain Case

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Annex 3 Poland Case

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Annex 4 Other figures and tables

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Terms of Reference

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