10 ESPON Territorial Evidence Packs for selected case-study programme areas

The ESPON TerrEvi – Territorial Evidence Packs for Structural Funds Programmes - project focuses on producing evidence for Structural Funds programmes with the aim to support the development of the programmes to be carried out in the 2014-2020 period.

One milestone of this work consisted in presenting selected research in easy-to-understand factsheets for all 66 territorial cooperation programme areas.

A second milestone concerns ten specific programme case studies (please see below) illustrating how ESPON material can be used to support the development of future programmes e.g. by giving a comparative European dimension to the envisaged programme work.


The aim is to provide the reader with insight on different types of territorial evidence ESPON holds at hand with regard to the possible investment priorities of future programmes, and to stimulate a debate on how this evidence can be used by future programmes.

The case study selection was based on criteria like the coverage of all regional categories (less developed, transition, more developed regions), the variance of available budgets, and the mix between old and new, small and large, central and peripheral Member States.


The ten case studies consist of four regional programmes, one CBC programme and five TNC programmes:

  • Alpine Space (TNC)
  • Atlantic Area (TNC)
  • Molise (regional)
  • Norte (regional)
  • North Sea (TNC)
  • North West Europe (TNC)
  • Slovakia – Austria (CBC)
  • South East Europe (TNC)
  • Thessalia (regional)
  • Umbria (regional)

Each Evidence Report is structured in three main parts.

  1. The first part presents a selection of indicators that help comparing the situation of the programme area with the European average, the average for all programme areas as well as the situation in the countries involved. The Evidence Reports follow the same structure as already presented in the Factsheets (EU 2020 logic, smart, sustainable and inclusive growth sections). Furthermore this part includes the feedback of your programme representatives collected in the workshop for the Evidence Report.
  2. The second part briefly presents the territorial factors of interest for the programme area.
  3. The final part offers guidance on the further use of ESPON results and tools.

More information

  • The Evidence Reports does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the ESPON Monitoring Committee.
  • ESPON Project TerrEvi – Territorial Evidence Packs for Structural Funds Programmes



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