Enlargement of the EU and its polycentric spatial structure

ESPON Project 1.1.3

Thematic scope and context

The project focuses mainly on future implications of enlargement on EU territorial development from both the perspectives of the Member States and their regions as well as from the perspectives of candidate countries and their regions. Particular attention is paid to border regions in the EU Member States and EU candidate countries. The provision of policy options for extending a polycentric development path to candidate countries is also explored.

A special account is included of trends affecting neighbouring countries bordering the enlarged EU displaying development potentials and direct effects on EU territorial development. This exercise includes both EFTA and Mediterranean countries.

Lead Partner

Swedish Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm (Sweden).
Detailed information on the contracted project team under Transnational Project Groups.


1.1.3 Final Report

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1.1.3 3rd Interim Report

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1.1.3 2nd Interim Report

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1.1.3 1st Interim Report

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Terms of Reference

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