ESPON TIA Tool (2020-2022)


New EU Legislations, Policies and Directives (LPDs) can explicitly focus on specific territories or can have an asymmetric territorial impact. By taking into account potential asymmetric impacts, one can increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the policy and with that increase political support for a policy and boost its benefits. Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA) can support in a quantitative or qualitative manner the identification of those areas or regions that may face the highest impacts, the nature of these impacts and their intensity. 

Between 2017 and 2020 the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme further developed the ESPON TIA Tool. The TIA tool was restructured into five main steps and a demo-version was implemented, as well as a necessity check. In addition to the general TIA, three different types of TIA are now available: cross-border TIA (allowing to understand the impact on cross border regions), urban IA (focusing on urban areas) and custom TIA (focusing on other types of regions). A large number of TIA workshops have been supported at the request of the CoR (14), DG Regio (4) and Interact (1). The full list can be found HERE. 

The main target groups to be addressed by the TIA Tool are European, national and regional authorities, in particular, policy makers and practitioners who wish to identify ex-ante, potential territorial impacts of new EU Legislations, Policies and Directives (LPDs). ETC programmes have also shown an interest and are encouraged to apply the ESPON TIA tool in a workshop setting in order to prepare for the 2021-2027 programming period. 

Main Objective 

The main objective of this service on “TIA tool 2020-2022” is to continue supporting TIA workshops as on demand service for those who would like to carry out TIA workshops. In addition, using recent policy processes regarding TIA, experiences obtained by applying the tool and availability of more up-to-date data, the ESPON TIA Tool will be further developed with additional or updated functionalities and datasets. An additional aim of this service is to provide training on the tool to potential moderators of TIA workshops. 

Main Outcomes envisaged 

The main outcomes of the service should be: 

  • Supported TIA workshops 
  • New and innovative functionalities 
  • Extended and up-to-date datasets and typologies 
  • Moderators trained to support TIA workshops 

TIA Tool 

  • The ESPON TIA tool can be found HERE 


  • ÖIR, Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning, AT (lead contractor) 
  • Laurentia, ES 


  • European Commission - Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG Regio)
  • European Committee of the Regions (CoR)


€ 80 000 


July 2020 – July 2022 


  • Inception Delivery – Proposals for new functionalities and updated datasets, 9 November 2020 
  • Draft Final Delivery – Updated datasets and new functionalities integrated in the TIA tool, 9 June 2021 
  • Final delivery – Final guidance documentation9 September 2021 
  • Closure of the contract – 19 July 2022 

TIA Workshops within this project 

  • upcoming 


Zintis Hermansons (workshops), [email protected] 

Marjan van Herwijnen (tool development), [email protected] 

Caroline Clause (Senior Financial Expert) [email protected] 



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