SeGI - Indicators and Perspectives for Services of General Interest in Territorial Cohesion and Development


Indicators and Perspectives for Services of General Interests in Territorial Cohesion and Development

Thematic scope

Services of general interest traditionally comprehend electronic communications, postal services, electricity, gas, water and transport. Policymakers more recent documents tend to be more comprehensive and also look at labour market services, education, health care, child care, social care, culture or (social) housing. Socio-economic policies much focus on ensuring the provision of services of general interest to all citizens and enterprises in the European Union. Citizens and businesses rightly expect to have access to affordable high-quality services of general interest throughout the European Union. Territorial cohesion and development policies integrated these general policy ambitions and developed a territorial approach towards services of general interest. The territorial evidence to support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of territorial policy measures regarding services of general interest remains nevertheless insufficient. The project is expected to provide the territorial evidence filling this gap.

Please read more about the main research areas and main results envisaged on the next page.

Lead Partner

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), SE

Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

Sounding Board

Cem Erdur (France)
Lauri Frank (Finland)

Budget: € 988 942.50

Project’s lifetime: November 2010 – September 2013

Delivery of Reports

Inception Report: 15 April 2011

Interim Report: 14 October 2011

Draft Final Report: 18 October 2012

Final Report: 25 February 2013


Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee

More information

Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit: 
Ann-Gritt PANNENBORG (NEUSE), e-mail: [email protected] 

Main research areas

The purpose of the project is to deliver an overview of the current territorial situation of services of general interest in Europe, in particular focusing on:

  • Existing definitions and classifications of services of general interest, and how they can be applied from a territorial cohesion and development point of view.
  • Indicators and how they can be used to measure the level of services of general interest.
  • Mapping the current situation of services of general interest throughout Europe, for instance studying the distribution of services and what kind of areas of specialization can be detected.
  • Studying territorial development potentials and constraints in different areas in Europe, focusing on current trends, as well as different territorial development paths and the relationship between territorial governance and services of general interest.

Main results envisaged

  • Data input to the development, update and extension of the ESPON database by additional data on services of general interest.
  • Indicators on services of general interest offering territorial information on the level of services at different geographical levels.
  • Typologies of territories helping to classify areas based on relevant characteristics on services of general interest and their respective development perspectives.
  • 4 - 6 case studies providing more detailed information on national situations.
  • European maps showing the spatial distribution of services of general interest and territorial development perspectives in different areas as well as evidence from the case studies


Final Report

  • Zip archive | 71.09MB

Draft Final Report

  • Zip archive | 41.31MB

Draft Final Report - Case Studies

  • Zip archive | 28.74MB

Interim Report

  • Zip archive | 5.03MB

Inception Report

  • Acrobat Document | 455KB

Inception Report - Annexes

  • Acrobat Document | 613KB

Project Specification

  • Acrobat Document | 90KB