Territorial effects of structural funds

ESPON project 2.2.1

Thematic scope and context

The aim of this project was to assess the territorial effects and potential spatial impact of the Structural Funds. The analysis addresses the spatial impacts of Structural Funds with a particular focus on polycentricity and territorial cohesion in Europe.

The centre of the Final Report is on the mapping of the Structural Funds and the assessment of their contribution to the aims of spatial development policies, with particular emphasis on territorial cohesion and polycentric development. In particular, the project analysed the programming period of 1994-1999 as this allowed for a complete financial picture, as the data would not yet have been available for the current period. However, where possible, the project also referred and related the analysis to the current programming period and as well to the post-2006 regime.

The study has sought to establish the possible links between Structural Funds intervention and the promotion of territorial cohesion and polycentric development.

Lead Partner

Nordregio - Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, Stockholm (Sweden).
Detailed information on the contracted project team under Transnational Project Groups.


2.2.1 - Final Report

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2.2.1 - 3rd Interim Report

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2.2.1 - 2nd Interim Report

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2.2.1 - 1st Interim Report

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Terms of Reference

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