Current projects and framework contracts

Territorial Impact of Brexit on European regions and cities

Spatial Foresight contributes to a study for the European Committee of the Regions that aims at providing input for the preparation of the Territorial Impact Assessment of Brexit on regions and cities. The study shall (i) map the socio-economic links between the EU27 regions and the UK, (ii) define specific scenarios in light of the ongoing negotiations and assess their possible impact on regions, cities and economic sectors, and (iii) analyse a number of case studies from individual local and regional authorities. Spatial Foresight contributes to the third task by conducting a case study in Germany. Besides Spatial Foresight, the team includes t33 (lead) and ÖIR.

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: November 2017 - January 2018

Study on cross-border public services

Spatial Foresight is leading a consortium that has been awarded the ESPON targeted analysis study on cross-border public services (ESPON CPS). This study aims to identify existing and missing cross-border services along EU borders and to elaborate future needs and potential for setting-up cross-border public services. The project will be conducted in cooperation with five partners: EureConsult (LU), TCP International (DE), University of Lisbon, IGOT (PT), IPoP (SI) and Nordregio (SE).

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: November 2017 - October 2018

EGTCs - Support in their preparation

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a contract to provide support to EGTC foundations. The project has been commissioned by BBSR to further develop solutions for stakeholders engaged in the foundation of an EGTC. Different questions arising for stakeholders regarding the internal relations of the EGTC as required in articles 8 and 9 of the EGTC regulation will be discussed in detail. Selected foundation processes with German participation may receive individual support to solve certain legal aspects that are of interest also for other EGTCs and that can help to reduce the complexity and high burden for EGTC foundations. Against this background, the project furthermore seeks to promote the exchange of experience between recently founded EGTCs and EGTCs in foundation, respectively. The project will be conducte together with the legal advisers from Hempel Krzymuski Partner.

Client:Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR)
Duration: November 2017 - March 2020

Ongoing evaluation of the Channel cross-border cooperation programme

Spatial Foresight, in a consortium lead by t33, will contribute to evaluation of the Interreg Channel programme between French and English regions. The evaluation encompasses the implementation and impact of this cross-border cooperation programme. The project team will assist the programme with establishing the best methodology for conducting the implementation evaluation, with quality reviewing the results of the evaluation, and with the assessment of the feasibility of some of the proposals for improving implementation. In the impact evaluation the extent to which the programme has achieved the intended change  on the programme area will be assessed through quantitative and qualitative methods. Furthermore, the future of cooperation between stakeholders in the France Channel England Programme area after the UK’s exit from the EU will be explored.

Client: Norfolk County Council
Duration: August 2017 - October 2022

Improving the impact of territorial area wide cooperation in Adriatic-Ionian region

Experts from Spatial Foresight support the OECD LEED office in Trento (Italy) in conducting a Project aimed at contributing to a more effective cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region through fostering integrated local development and improving the consistency and the effectiveness of the Interreg V-B Adriatic-Ionian 2014-2020 Operational Programme (ADRION), in particular with regard to the European Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), the macro-regional strategy endorsed by the European Council in 2014.

Client: OECD LEED Trento Centre for local development
Duration: August 2017 - October 2017

Evaluation of EEA projects in Spain

The objective of the final evaluation of the Spanish National Programme (7 Programmes) implemented within the financial mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA Grants 2009-2014 for Spain) consists in assessing the results and effects generated as well as the effectiveness with regard to the two broad objectives of the EEA Grants (to reduce inequalities and to strengthen bilateral relations), as well as the specific objectives established for each programme. A specific impact evaluation reflects larger impacts and sustainability of the supported actions for the Programme ES02 (Programme Operator: CDTI).

Client: Ministry of Finance, Spain
Duration: July 2017 - October 2017

Assessment of administration cost and burden in the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

Spatial Foresight is contributing to a project for DG Regio under the multiple framework contract on adminstrative cost and burden in ESIF. The overall objective of this study is to establish a new baseline concerning the administrative costs and burden of the current ESIF programme period, with a common approach for all five ESI Funds. Furthermore, the study will compare the baseline to results of pervious studies and assist the Commission Services with simulations on how possible regulatory changes for post 2020 might affect administrative costs and burden. Spatial Foresight is leading the study, supported by t33 and a wide range of national experts.

Client: DG Regio
Duration: July 2017 - September 2018

Use of SCO in ESIF

Spatial Foresight contributes to a study for DG Regio on the 'Use and intended use of Simplified Cost Options in ESF, ERDF, CF and EAFRD'. The objective if the study is twofold. First it will carry out an e-survey among ESF, ERDF, CF and EAFRD managing authorities across all EU Member States to collect information about the use of SCOs. Then it will aggregate, process and analyse the data collected through the e-survey and formulate conclusions and recommendations. Spatial Foresight experts take part as national experts for a number of EU Member States in support of the e-survey implementation and analysis. The study will be performed together with t33 and Sweco.

Client: DG Regio
Duration: July 2017 - January 2018

Enhancement of financial instruments in Lithuania and Croatia

Spatial Foresight is part of a consortium led by BGI Consulting that has been selected to support Lithuanian and Croatian authorities to enhance their capacities of financial instruments in consistency with other forms of public interventions. The project assesses the added value of financial instruments in relations to other government interventions in nine different policy sectors. Spatial Foresight is mostly responsible for capacity building and organises site visits in the two countries, trainings and final conferences.

Client: BGI Consulting / Central Project Management Agency, Lithuania
Duration: May 2017 - February 2018

EU - CELAC Cooperation on Territorial Cohesion

Spatial Foresight is part of a consortium led by Technopolis that has been selected to develop the EU-CELAC Innovact Platform on behalf of the European Commision (DG REGIO). This project is a major endeavour to systematise and structure the knowledge transfer from European countries and regions to Latin American (LATAM) cross-border regions in terms of regional innovation promotion, cross-border cooperation and territorial governance. 6 Latin American countries (Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico) will benefit from capacity building and a strategic support to develop new value chains and regional innovation projects in cross-border regions. European regions and cross-border areas will be invited to offer their knowledge to the LATAM regions and to exploit opoortunities for new cooperations.

Client: Technopolis UK / DG Regio
Duration: April 2017 - October 2018

National information platform for urban politics - Luxembourg

Spatial Foresight contributes to the reintroduction of the 'Cellule nationale d'information pour la Poitique Urbaine' (CIPU - National information platform for urban politics) of Luxembourg. The CIPU contributes to the exchange of information and expertise of urban actors from different levels and creates an environment for common reflection on matters of urban development. The plaform is an interface between local, national, European as well as between scientific and application oriented actors. In cooperation with the bureau Zeyen+Baumann, Spatial Foresight will contribute to all tasks under the new CIPU, namely drafting the action programme, organising the regular expert forums, creating an online database of good-practice projects and organising the internal communication and documentation. 

Client: Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures - DATER
Duration: March 2017 - March 2018

Green growth in the Alps

Spatial Foresight is part of the winning Consortium with blue! (leadpartner) and CIPRA for elaborating an action programme in support of Green Growth in the Alps, a project contracted by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The project shall translate the findings related to the key topics of the 6th Report on the State of the Alps "Greening the Economy of the Alpine Region" into actions. Spatial Foresight will especially contribute to the conceptual development of the action programme and the stakeholder workshops that shall feed into actual actions and project proposals implementing a green economy.

Client: German Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
Duration: March 2017 - January 2019

ESPON Database portal II

Spatial Foresight contributes to setting up the ESPON 2020 Database Portal, as part of a project coordinated by the University of Geneva. It is responsible for the integration of data and metadata from projects and other ESPON  activities. This involves the design of processes for data collection and quality control in view of their integration in the database. Previous experience from the ESPON 2013 programme will be capitalised upon, based on an active collaboration with UMS RIATE and Maynooth University. MCRIT and the Autonomous University of Barcelona will also contribite to this work.

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: February 2017 - February 2020

Urban nodes in transnational transport

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a study on the role of urban nodes in Germany in the context of transnational transport and potential opportunities for strategic development. First, the current status of the 13 urban nodes is to be analysed. This comprises the collection of information on (i) challenges, requirements and opportunities that result from the role as urban nodes, (ii) existing strategic approaches and plans to better link different transport modes and integrate transport and spatial planning, (iii) the exchange between urban nodes and (iv) available funding sources. Based on this comprehensive analysis, proposals will be developed how urban nodes (a) can better position themselves, (b)  further develop their integrated approaches, (c) learn from each other and (d) strengthen linkages with other players. In order to support this exchange, two workshops will be organised. The project will be conducted by Spatial Foresight, Rupprecht Consult (lead partner) and TCP International.

Client: BBSR
Duration: February 2017 - October 2018

Areas of territorial cooperation

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a targeted analysis on how to "think and plan in areas of territorial cooperation". The study takes as a starting point the Swiss experience in defining so-called “action areas” as new forms of soft governance spaces with fuzzy, flexible boundaries that span across (national) administrative boundaries and link urban and rural development policies. Collaborative and bottom-up approaches of territorial development also emerge in other parts of Europe as public authorities intend to adjust the scale and geographic boundaries of policy design and implementation so that they are meaningful from a functional point of view.

The project will, in a first step, identify examples comparable to the Swiss action areas. In a second step, the most relevant ones identified will be analysed in depth regarding organisational forms and governance structures, policy fields addressed, cooperative planning methods used, embeddedness in existing multi-level governance systems, links to statutory planning system. On this basis, guidance and policy recommendations will be developed.

Spatial Foresight will implement the study in cooperation with the University of Geneva and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: December 2016 - December 2017

Committee of the Regions Framework contract on Cohesion Policy

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a framework contract for studies in the field of Cohesion Policy commissioned by the Committee of the Regions. Studies requested shall support the rapid response capability of the Committee of the Regions and will support the development of opinions. Topics potentially to be covered include economic, social and territorial cohesion, ESIF, spatial planning, macro-regions, territorial cooperation and regional statistics and indicators. The framework contract will be coordinated by Spatial Foresight and the studies will be elaborated in cooperation with t33, ÖIR, MCRIT and Sweco.

Client: Committee of the Regions
Duration: November 2016 - November 2017

Spatial observation system in the German-Danish cross-border area

Spatial Foresigh is part of a consortium that has been awarded a contract to identify and assess the need for, and prepare the establishment of a joint spatial observation system in the German-Danish cross-border area. In a first phase, which focuses on the general need for such a system, two events are to be organised: (i) A regional workshop to involve various stakeholders, reaching from line departments, planning authorities and statistical offices to chambers of industry and commerce, universities, tourism and environmental associations, and identify their interests and needs; (ii) a focus group with experts from different statistical institutions as potential data providers to further develop the results of the regional workshop and discuss general availability of data. The second step focuses on preparing the implementation. This includes technical aspects, cost estimates and the identification of priorities as starting points for a joint online platform. For this purpose, expert rounds with technical, statistical and GIS experts are to be organised in Denmark and Germany. The project will be conducted by Spatial Foresight and RRG Spatial Planning and Geoinformation in Oldenburg i.H.

Client: State Chancellery of the State of Schleswig-Holstein
Duration: December 2016 - December 2017

INTERREG NWE evaluation

The 2014-2020 regulatory framework, in particular the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) and the ETC regulation, emphasizes the result orientation of the ESIF programmes and stresses the central role of the evaluation in the programme lifecycle. In the 2014-2020 period, evaluation shall assess the programme contribution to the programme objectives at least once during the programming period and a summary of the evaluations shall be drafted by 2022.

Spatial Foresight will support the 2014-2020 INTERREG North-West Europe programme by implementating an integrated evaluation approach within the framework of a robust monitoring and evaluation system

Within the scope of this contract, Spatial Foresight will offer the necessary support to implement the evaluation of the two-step approach to project selection, the operational evaluation to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the programme funding and the final impact evaluation on all three programme priority axes. The project will be coordinated by Spatial Foresight in cooperation with t33.

Client: INTERREG North-West Europe
Duration: October 2016 - March 2022

Interreg Central Europe Evaluation

Spatial Foresight has been awarded the operational evaluation of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE 2014 - 2020 Programme. Supported by t33, Spatial Foresight will evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of programme management and implementation, appraise the appropriate functioning of the programme management settings, and carry out a first assessment of the Programme's mid-term progress towards the achievement of its objectives. An effective method mix will applied, consisting of desk research, in-depth interviews with programme stakeholders, a participatory action research and co-design approach to the evaluation of programme management settings and processes and a systemic approach to the assessment of the programme's governance structures.

Client: Interreg Central Europe Programme
Duration: July 2016 - December 2018

Systemic analysis improving the understanding of SMEs' competitiveness and performance

The ESPON study "Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in European Regions and Cities" acknowledges that SMEs are the backbone of the European economy and as such crucial for regional development. SMEs are anything but a homogeneous type of business and are prevalent in all economic sectors. Their distribution e.g. according to size , sectors and performance varies across European regions. The study aims to fill the gap of a systematic analysis at regional level for improving the understanding of SMEs competitiveness and performance linked to national and regional conditions.

Spatial Forsight contributes to several tasks, in particular to the literature review, case studies and development of recommendations. The study is led by ÖIR and conducted together with the Austrian Institute for SME Research, Oxford Group, VVA Europe and EUROREG.

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: 2016 - 2017

Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe

The ESPON study "Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe" (ESPON COMPASS) will provide an  authoritative and comparable reference on spatial planning systems, policies and territorial governance throughout Europe in order to improve knowledge sharing and to illustrate some of the key challenges and opportunities which arise in the territorial implementation of EU cohesion policies. The following key policy questions will be answered:

• What changes in territorial governance and spatial planning systems and policies can be observed across Europe over the past 15 years? Can these changes be attributed to the influence of macro-level EU directives and policies?
• What are best practices for cross-fertilisation of spatial and territorial development policies with EU Cohesion Policy?
• How can national/regional spatial and territorial development policy perspectives be better reflected in Cohesion Policy and other policies at EU scale?

Spatial Foresight will particularly work on quality control, policy conclusions and the spatial planning and territorial governance system in Luxembourg. The study is led by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), and conducted together with the German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), Nordregio, Politecnico di Torino, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RKK), the Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSO), the University College Dublin, the German Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (ILS) and a wide network of national experts.

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: 2016 - 2018

Possible European Territorial Futures

The ESPON study “Possible European Territorial Futures” stands in the tradition of past ESPON scenario and territorial impact assessment studies. Different future scenarios and their territorial impacts are explored to generate new insight on possible future developments. These will support policy makers in assessing the robustness and ‘future-proof’ of their policies.

More concretely, the objectives of this study are twofold: (A) Enhancing the understanding of possible territorial futures especially concerning three themes: a new place-based economic organisation as part of a circular economy, a European energy supply and consumption that is a 100% renewable, and a collapse of the European property markets; and (B) writing general conclusions and recommendations on how to conduct European territorial foresight studies.

The study is carried out by Spatial Foresight (lead partner), MCRIT, Spiekermann & Wegener, the Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems and wide network of experts.

Besides the general management of the project and drafting the reports, Spatial Foresight organises different focus groups to exchange ideas on possible territorial futures with a wider audience. Updates on the focus groups organised in the frame of this study can be found on the project's webpage.

Client: ESPON
Duration: April 2016 - October 2017

Committee of the Regions framework contract on economic and social policy

Spatial Foresight has been contracted a framework contract by the Committee of the Regions for the provision of external expertise in the filed of economic and social policy. This regards several fields of activity, among others industrial policy, SME policy, economic and monetary policy, internal market, mobility, employment policy, equal opportunities. The lead partner of the contract is t33, while other partners are ÖIR and SWECO.

Client: Committee of the Regions

Design, development and implementation of an integrated evaluation approach for the INTERREG 2 Seas Programme 2014-2020

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a framework contract for the design, development and implementation of an integrated evaluation approach for the INTERREG 2 Seas Programme 2014 – 2020. Within the scope of the contract, the programme will receive methodological support in defining and setting-up the monitoring and evaluation system and input to the Evaluation Plan and Annual Implementation Reports. Together with the lead partner t33, and in cooperation with three external experts, Spatial Foresight will contribute to the Programme Performance Evaluation and Programme Impact Evaluation.

Client: INTERREG 2Seas Programme 2014-2020

DG REGIO Study on administrative simplification

Spatial Foresight is part of a consortium lead by SWECO who will perform a study for DG REGIO. The study's objective are to assess how the simplification possibilities in the new regulatory framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds have been taken up by Member States during the early implementation phase, to compare and quantify the impact of regulatory changes in the overall delivery mechanism on the administrative burden and costs for beneficiaries and programme authorities and thirdly to assess and quantify the potential burden for beneficiaries resulting from additional rules applied at national level.

Client: European Commission, DG REGIO
Duration: August 2015 - March 2017

 

Transfer agency for BMVI / BBSR publications

Spatial Foresight contributes to the transfer agency, which has been contracted to support the production of publications and brochures which are edited by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and published by the German Federal Institute for Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Planning (BBSR). The provided services include, i.a., editing, creating the layout and print files etc. Spatial Foresight will be responsible for language editing with regard to the correct use of German and English terms in the field of spatial planning and development. The transfer agency is led by CONVIS Consult & Marketing.

Client: BBSR
Duration: August 2015 - July 2017

European Investment Bank Service Contract

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has contracted a team involving Sweco, Spatial Foresight, t33, Infeurope and EPRC to support them with horizontal assistance and advisory services concerning the use of  Financial Instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) 2014-2020. The services target in particular EU Member States  and Managing Authorities of ERDF, ESF, EARD and EMFF Programmes, but also the European Commission (EC) and the general public. The ambition is to increase the quality, scale and the speed of establishment of Financial Instruments funded through ESI Funds, which is a chief priority of the EC for the 2014-2020 programming period.

Spatial Foresight will contribute in delivering services to assist the EIB in facilitating the successful deployment of a Technical Advisory Platform (TAP), designed to provide Horizontal Assistance to Member States, the EC services and other stakeholders on how to design, establish, implement and manage ESIF Financial Instruments in the 2014-2020 Programming period. The geographical reach for advisory services to be delivered by the EIB through the TAP includes the 28 Member States of the European Union. The expected output will be delivered through four main Work Streams:

- Knowledge generation and methodological guidance

- Capacity building;

- Communication and awareness raising and

- Knowledge management and dissemination.

For more details visit: http://www.fi-compass.eu/

Client: European Investment Bank
Duration: 2014 - 2018

Sustainable urban development and urban planning, green urban mobility and transport under the EUAID China R&I Partnership

Spatial Foresight is contributing to a project on EU-China Research and Innovation Partnership and more specifically to lot 3 on “Sustainable urban development and urban planning, green urban mobility and transport”. The project focuses on the economic and social dimensions of urban sustainability and aims at building the capacity of local governments of medium cities to develop socio-technical innovations and meet the challenge of rural migrant integration.  Spatial Foresight is part of a consortium led by CNRS (Laboratory Géographie-Cités, Paris) and involving the Institute of Political Science of Aix-Marseille, the Hangzhou Normal University (Institute for Urban Studies), the University Ca’Foscari in Venice and the University of Lausanne (Institute of Geography and Sustainability).

More information can be found on the project's website: http://mediumcities-china.org/#

Client: Delegation of the European Commission in Beijing
Duration: 2014 - 2017

DG Regio Multiple Framework Contract

In cooperation with a European-wide team led by Kai Böhme on behalf of Sweco, Spatial Foresight has won four competitive multiple framework contracts with the European Commission Directorate General on Regional and Urban Policies. The contracts concern the provision of:

- impact assessments related to the future development of Cohesion Policy and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) (lot 1),

- studies assessing the impact of other European Union policies on economic, social and territorial cohesion (lot2),

- studies related to the future development of Cohesion Policy and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) (lot 3) and

- studies on administrative costs, administrative capacities, IT systems and fraud prevention and detection measures (lot 4).

Client: DG Regio
Duration: 2014-2018

ESPON 2020 Mapkits

Spatial Foresight was part of the consortium that was awarded the contract for 'ESPON 2020 MapKits'. The project produced 29 MapKits that all ESPON projects use to visualise and analyse geographical data. The tasks comprised the design of a new ESPON MapKit layout and an update underlying mapping files. Specific MapKits for the representation of macro-regions, local and urban areas, Europe in its neighbourhood and world-wide patterns and trends are produced. The project complemented and developed further the MapKits that were previously available for the ESPON 2013 projects. Spatial Foresight was in charge of providing an update of the geodata of the European LAU2 units in a simplified geometry and also draft the guidance documents that will help ESPON projects to produce clear and consistent maps. The project was led by UMS Riate and conducted in collaboration with the University of Geneva.

Client: ESPON
Duration: October 2016 - February 2017

EU Territorial Review

Spatial Foresight was awarded a contract to elaborate the ESPON EU Territorial Review Report. The report aimed at communicating the main territorial development trends in relation to key European challenges and highlighting specific patterns of development in cities, rural areas, specific regions and macro-regions in Europe. It also presents innovative ideas and reflections on EU post 2020, focusing mainly on the objective of the European territorial cooperation. For this, three thematic workshops with a selected pool of experts were organised. The report covers the entire ESPON space and, if relevant, other territories and include observations and key policy recommendations. The EU Territorial Review Report is also developed in an interactive digital format for web publishing, building on ESPON’s comparative advantage of tailor-made territorial support at different geographical levels. The interactive web version is conducted together ADM Interactive OÜ.

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: February 2017 - November 2017

Disseminating and deepening the experience of EGTC

After successfully finalising the study on the use of the EGTCs (European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation) in Germany, Spatial Foresight was contracted by the German Federal Institute for Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Planning (BBSR) to carry out a new study on the EGTC instrument. This new study aimed at deepening the findings and understanding of the EGTC instrument and especially those aspects that pose difficulties when setting up an EGTC. Furthermore, the study aimed at the dissemination of previous and new findings on EGTC to support the wider understanding of the instrument. In order to achieve the above, the study focused on selected cases of EGTC and analyse their development. In addition, a set of workshops in different German regions have been conducted in cooperation with European institutions, such as the Committee of the Regions, in order to attract as many interested stakeholders as possible.

The German version of the final report can be downloaded here.

The English verison of the final report can be downloaded here.

Client: BBSR
Duration: September 2014 - October 2016

Challenges for local and regional authorities on state aid rules for SGEI

Every two years Member States report on the application of the Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI) Decision. This Decision, together with the SGEI Framework, set out the frames for applying state aid rules to SGEIs. Spatial Foresight lead this study under the Multiple Framework Service Contract for the realisation of socio-economic studies on behalf of the European Committee of the Regions.

The study aimed at assessing the role of local and regional authorities in the development of these Member States reports as well as assessing the main difficulties faced by local and regional authorities when assessing the economic and social natures of SGEIs against State Aid rules. In doing so the study focused on SGEIs with a social character such as health care, labour market improvement and social housing.

The final report is available on the webpage from the CoR and can be downloaded here.

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: January 2017 - April 2017

Entrepreneurship on islands and other peripheral areas

Islands and other peripheral areas in Europe face particular challenges and obstacles regarding entrepreneurship and business development. For example due to their small market size, remoteness or low accessibility. The Maltese presidency requested the CoR to draft an opinion on this topic. Spatial Foresight conducted this study in support of the development of this CoR opinion. This study is part of the Multiple Framework Service Contract for the realisation of socio-economic studies on behalf of the European Committee of the Regions.

The aim of the study was an analysis of the particular challenges and obstacles faced by entrepreneurs and SMEs on islands and in other peripheral areas, including inner peripheries, when starting up and running a business. Therefore Spatial Foresight, together with t33 and ÖIR, conducted six cases studies covering insular regions and sparsely populated areas across Europe.

The final report of the study can be downloaded here.

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: March 2017

Mapping Research and Innovation Plans & Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) on Bioeconomy

Spatial Foresight conducted a study for DG RESEARCH & INNOVATION regarding the "Mapping of EU Member States'/Regions' Research and Innovation Plans & Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) on Bioeconomy for 2014-2020". The study generated evidence on the intended activities in EU Member States regarding their strategic bioeconomy focus. Successful regional research and innovation initiatives related to the bioeconomy and their transfer potentials have been identified as well as corresponding bottlenecks and gaps. The study was led by Spatial Foresight and conducted in collaboration with SWECO, Nordregio, INFYDE, Berman Group, t33 and ÖIR.

The final report of the study can be downloaded here.

Client: DG Regio / DG Research & Innovation
Duration: June 2016 - January 2017

Improving regional and local governance of SME and entrepreneurship policy

Spatial Foresight contributed to a study on governance process in support of SME and entrepreneurship policies. In the frame of the multiframework contract led by t33, Spatial Foresight contributed to the report coordinated by OIR by collecting data and analysing the governce systems and processes in 6 regions - Brandenburg, Helsinki-Uusimaa, Southern Denmark, North Brabant, Flanders and Copenhagen.

The final report has been published by the CoR and can be downloaded here. The report identifies three important governance aspects for effective process. (1) cooperation between public and private stakeholders, (2) target strategies creating a common vision between actors, and (3) a strong reflection on economic needs.

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: January 2017 - February 2017

ESPON brief on territories with geographic specificities

Spatial Foresight has been asked to help the ESPON EGTC to draft a policy brief on specific types of territories. This brief provides the Maltese Presidency with evidence on the current situation and recent trends in islands, mountains, sparsely populated regions and coastal regions in Europe. Many of these territories are in a favourable position from an economic, social and ecological perspective. However, they all require special attention when it comes to spatial planning and regional development to address challenges and opportunities associated with their specificities. The project benchmarked regions concerned by such specificities from an economic and social point of view. It also focused specifically on accessibility, building on results from an ongoing service contract on “Scenarios for accessibility by the sea, road, rail, air and multimodal”. The output informs policy debates on territorial development in these parts of Europe, and contribute to improved territorial observation and territorial analyses in the framework of the ESPON 2020 Programme.

The policy brief as well as the working paper have been published on ESPON's website and can be downloaded here.

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: November 2016 - January 2017

EGTC Monitoring Report 2016

Spatial Foresight received a request from the Committee of the Regions to develop the EGTC Monitoring Report 2016. This was the first request for services under the framework contract in the field of Cohesion Policy. The monitoring report analysed the implementation of the EGTC regulation in national legislation, elaborate on the activities of EGTCs during 2016 with a special focus on their involvement in implementing ESIF and European Territorial Cooperation programmes and projects in particular. The specific thematic focus of the 2016 monitoring report is on the analysis of the impact of the Schengen area crisis on the functioning of EGTCs. Spatial Foresight coordinated the project. Other partners involved in this assignment were ÖIR and t33.

The report is available on the CoR website and can be downloaded here.

Client: Committee of the Regions
Duration: December 2016 - March 2017

Gold-plating in the European Structural and Investment Funds

In the implementation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) European as well as national and sub-national regulatory frameworks need to be applied. In some cases there are national, regional or local rules and regulations (or failures to apply simplification measures) which make European Union legislation unnecessarily complicated and hence costly when implemented in the Member States. This is understood as gold-plating.

To better understand the nature of gold-plating the European Parliament commissioned a study on gold-plating in ESI Funds and its impacts on the administrative work and burden for programme bodies and beneficiaries under all five ESI Funds (ERDF, CF, ESF, EAFRD, EMFF). The study addressed a range of questions through the combination of different methodologies that included a general overview on all 28 EU Member States and some in-depth studies for selected countries. Among others a focus group has been organised in the frame of the study. The results of this focus group can be found on the project's webpage.

The study will be led by Spatial Foresight and conducted in collaboration with ÖIR and t33.

The final report of the study can be downloaded here.

Client: European Parliament
Duration: July 2016 - January 2017

Added value of macro-regional cooperation: Collecting practice examples

The added value of macro-regional cooperation has been debated for many years and in different contexts. All these debates have shown that there is need for more solid evidence on the actual added value. INTERACT commissioned Spatial Foresight to conduct a study to collect evidence on the added value of the macro-regional strategies for the Baltic Sea Region and the Danube Region. The primary focus was on concrete projects and the added value both for the funding programmes involved and the macro-regions in general.

The final report has been published on INTERACT's website and can be downloaded here.

Client: INTERACT Office Turku
Duration: June 2016 - December 2016

Implementation of the performance frameworks in 2014-2020 ESI Funds

Under LOT 3 on “studies related to the future development of Cohesion Policy and the European Structural and Investment Funds” of the DG Regio Multiple Framework contract, Spatial Foresight contributes to a  study on the “Implementation of the provisions in relation to the performance framework during the programming phase of the European Structural and Investment Funds”. The aim of the study is to develop an evidence-base on how regulatory provisions relating to the performance framework have been applied in the programming phase. The study covers almost 300 Operational Programmes in all 28 Member States of the European Union, Partnership Agreements and all Operational Programmes receiving funding from ERDF and CF, including multi-fund programmes. The project is led by Kai Böhme, involving Sweco, ÖIR and a wide network of national experts.

The study The implementation of the performance frameworks in 2014-2020 ESI Funds can be downloaded here.

Client: DG Regio
Duration: October 2014 - December 2015

Implementation of the partnership principle and multi-level governance in 2014-2020 ESI Funds

Under LOT 3 on “studies related to the future development of Cohesion Policy and the European Structural and Investment Funds” of the DG Regio Multiple Framework contract, Spatial Foresight contributed to a study on the “Implementation of the partnership principle and multi-level governance during the programming phase of the European Structural and Investment Funds". The overall objective of the study was to assess how the partnership principle and multi-level governance have been implemented in all 28 Member States during the programming of the ESI Funds. The project was led by Kai Böhme, involving Sweco, Nordregio, EPRC, ÖIR, t33, LSE and a wide network of national experts.

The presentation of the final results is avialbe here.

The study Implementation of the partnership principle and multi-level governance in 2014-2020 ESI Funds can be downloaded here.

Client DG Regio
Duration: November 2014 - January 2016

Inventory of statistical needs for INTERREG cross-border cooperation programmes

Spatial Foresight contributed to a study to assess the need to be addressed by INTERREG cross-border cooperation programmes. The study aimed at developing a comprehensive inventory of statistical data that could support the assessment and mapping of crucial territorial integration needs of border regions. The project was lead by t33 and is part of the framework contract with DG REGIO lead by SWECO.

The final report of the study has been published by DG REGIO and can be downloaded here.

Client: DG REGIO European Commission
Duration: December 2015 - September 2016

European Parliament Framework Contract on Regional Development, Transport and Tourism

The European Parliament is planning to conclude a multiple framework service contract in eleven lots for the provision of external expertise in the field of Impact Assessment and European Added Value. Spatial Foresight has been contracted for Lot 7, which focuses on the Regional Development, Transport and Tourism . The regional and cohesion policy, the operation of the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund, as well as the common policies for rail, road, inland waterways, maritime and air transport, postal services and tourism, and the Trans-European Networks for transport are among the issues that will be covered in the study. Lead partners of the contract is t33, while among the partners are also ÖIR, Mcrit and VAA.

Client: European Parliament
Duration: 2013-2014

Review of adopted ETC programmes

Spatial Foresight has contributed to a study commissioned by the European Parliament on a comprehensive analysis of ETC programmes adopted for the 2014-2020 period. The study assessed to what extent ETC programmes have used the opportunities introduced by the new ETC regulation for the period 2014-2020. The assessment offers insight in the state of play and evolution of ETC programmes in comparison to the 2007-2013 period, the changes of the programming strategies, potential synergies, changes of the management structures and implemention possibilities. The study is led by t33 and conducted in cooperation with EureConsult.

The final report can be downloaded via the European Parlement's website.

Client: REGI Committee of the European Parliament
Duration: December 2015 - May 2016

Labour Mobility and Local and Regional Authorities: benefits, challenges and solutions

Spatial Foresight contributed to a study on “Labour Mobility and Local and Regional Authorities: benefits, challenges and solutions" for the Committee of the Regions. The Committee of the Regions will be formally consulted on the Labour Mobility Package which was announced by the European Commission. Hence, this study aimed at complementing and updating past studies and opinions of the Committee of the Regions on labour mobility in order to include up-to-date data and case studies at local and regional level in the new opinion. Under the lead of t33, Spatial Foresight contributed to this study with a number of local and regional case studies of initiatives in the field of labour mobility in Austria and Germany.

Client: Committee of the Regions
Duration: January 2016- February 2016

The impact of demographic change on European regions

Spatial Foresight has contributed to a study on “The impact of demographic change on European regions” for the Committee of the Regions. The study addressed changing internal and external influences and highlighted the specific needs and challenges faced by local and regional authorities in the light of demographic development, namely demographic change and increasing inner- and outer-migration. Spatial Foresight contributed with ÖIR under the lead of t33 to the provision of an overview of demographic changes and projections in Europe and to the exploration of the opportunities and perspectives of demographic change for local economic development.

Client: Committee of the Regions
Duration: December 2015 - March 2016
 
Gløersen, E., Drăgulin, M., Hans, S., Kaucic, J., Schuh, B., Keringer, F., Celotti, P., 2016. The impact of demographic change on European regions. Committee of the Regions, Brussels. Download

Cohesion in Mountainous regions of the EU

Spatial Foresight has coordinated a study on the potential contributions of Cohesion Policy to balanced and sustainable development in European Mountain Regions for the European Parliament. The study shows that Mountain areas are too diverse to elaborate an integrated European strategy. However, a framework for development strategies in mountain areas can be developed. The group of experts that produced inputs to this report includes Martin F. Price, Andreja Borec, Thomas Dax and Benito Giordano in addition to Erik Gløersen from Spatial Foresight. 

The study can be found here.

Client: European Parliament
Duration: October 2015 - February 2016

Study on Services of General Interest in the funding period 2014-2020

Spatial Foresight performed a study commissioned by the European Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development (REGI) on Services of General Interest (SGIs) in the Funding Period 2014-2020. The study focused on how the European Structural and Investment Funds can contribute to overcome key challenges for the provision of these services. It considered in particular the effects of the economic crisis and current austerity measures, and different levels of access to SGIs in European regions and localities. Inputs also provided perspectives for Cohesion Policy after 2020.

Please click here to download the report from the European Parliament's website.

Client: European Parliaments's REGI Committee
Duration: August 2015 - January 2016

Forward Looking Analysis of Grand Societal Challenges (FP7 - FLAGSHIP)

FLAGSHIP is been a project funded under the 7th Framework Programme. The objectives of FLAGSHIP were: i) Understanding and assessing the state of the art of forward looking methodologies in relation to Grand Societal Challenges; ii) Applying an enhanced set of forward looking methods and tools to support EU policies; iii) Driving change, producing a set of EU-relevant policy recommendations on the potential of the EU for transition and change.
In relation to these objectives the project: i) took stock of the existing forward looking studies: reviewed the central questions, key trends, critical uncertainties and scenario frameworks; ii) proceded to apply and combine enhanced qualitative and quantitative methods mastered by the project partners in a coherent framework, producing a combination of GSC-driven qualitative and quantitative scenarios - coping with a range of possible global paradigm shifts and geo-political changes - and engaging a community of experts and stakeholders in a scenario thinking and assessment exercise; iii) focused further on EU policy responses to emerging transition challenges, and the potential role of EU in shaping global governance as well as new territorial dynamics within the continent, aimed to deliver policy recommendations to support the formulation of strategic EU policy agendas. Spatial Foresight has been one of 16 partners in the project, lead by ISIS.

Results from the final conference are published on: http://flagship-project.eu/events-workshops/final-conference/

The final report can now be downloaded here. The report intends to answer the following questions:  

  • - Which trends will affect the future development of Europe’s cities and regions?
  • - What will the European territory look like in 2050 under the assumptions of the FLAGSHIP storylines?
  • - How can territorial governance respond to the various challenges and their impacts?
  • - How much can territorial governance contribute to Europe’s ability to better cope with the main challenges and their impacts?

Lüer, C., Böhme, K., Jæger, S., Hans, S., Madeira, N., Holstein, F., Toptsidou, M., Tulumello, S., Bina, O., Ferrão, J. (2015): Report on territorial impact projections. Final deliverable (D7.2) of work package 7 on Territorial Governance. FLAGSHIP project, 7th Framework Programme (FP7). Download.

Client: ISIS, Italy / 7th Framework Programme
Duration: 2012-2015

Understanding territorial governance

Spatial Foresight conducted a study for the European Parliament to better understand the concept of territorial governance. Territorial governance is a relatively new and complex concept. It brings together the place-based approach and multi-level governance.

This analysis supported the understanding of territorial governance, mainly with regard to EU Cohesion Policy. Depending on the institutional and political context, as well as past experience, territorial governance in Cohesion Policy can have different forms. In all cases, stakeholders must have institutional capacity.

The results of the report have been puclished and discussed during a workshop at the European Paliament.

Böhme, K., S. Zillmer, M. Toptsidou, F. Holstein (2015), Territorial Governance and Cohesion Policy. European Parliament, Directorate-General for internal policies, Policy Department B Structural and Cohesion Policies. Regional Development. Study. Download.

Client: REGI Committee European Parliament
Duration: June 2015 - August 2015

Supporting the Luxembourgish Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Following the adoption of the Territorial Agenda for Europe under the Hungarian Presidency in the first half of 2011, the Luxembourgish Presidency (2015) wanted to assess the way how the European Union’s territorial cohesion objective is implemented and the necessity to revise the Territorial Agenda 2020. In preparation of the work, Spatial Foresight assisted the Ministry of sustainable development and infrastructures of Luxembourg in that assessment, focusing on pulling together existing resources and preparing on that basis short and targeted inputs to the discussions and work of the Network of Territorial Cohesion Contact Points (NTCCP). Document studies have been complemented by an online survey as well as interviews with selected key stakeholders.

In addition, Spatial Foresight has drafted a report based on a workshop on “Territorial Scenarios and Visions of Europe for 2050”. Its aim was to further the debate about perspectives for the European territory, focusing on making the future European territory visible, understanding the future territory of Europe, and finding appropriate answers today for the challenges of tomorrow. The workshop addressed a wide range of policy fields and territorial levels. The workshop was organised by the incoming Luxembourg Council Presidency in the framework of the IT-LV-LU trio Presidency Programme and took place on 23rd of April 2015 in Luxembourg city. More information on the workshop can be found at this link.

Several conclusions from the work by Spatial Foresight have been integrated in the Presidency's conclusions.

Client: Luxembourg ministry of sustainable development and infrastructures
Duration: September 2014 - June 2015

Study on EGTC as an instrument for promotion and improvement of territorial cooperation in Europe

Under the European Parliament Framework contract, Spatial Foresight has been contracted for a study on the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) as an instrument for promotion and improvement of territorial cooperation in Europe. The study aims at analysing the potential of the EGTC as an instrument for promoting and improving territorial cooperation in Europe. Thus, the role of EGTCs in Cohesion Policy are assessed and the involvement of EGTCs in the implementation of the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 is analysed. The analyses shall draw lessons from existing and planned EGTCs as regards their motivations, challenges, achievements and legal implications. They shall furthermore indicate the perspectives for the future role of EGTCS in EU Cohesion Policy and in particular for European Territorial Cooperation. The consortium is led by ÖIR and also includes t33 and the Technical University of Delft.

Client: European Parliament / ÖIR
Duration: December 2014 – July 2015

Promoting multi-level governance in support of Europe 2020

Local and regional public authorities play an important role in conceiving and delivering public policies relevant for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. At the same time local and regional authorities in the EU have very diverse mandates, capacities and resources and work under different institutional and governance arrangements.

The main purpose of the study was to identify the process and success factors leading to strong, high quality political and administrative partnerships across levels of governance.This is realised at the example of two policy fields, namely energy efficiency policies and social inclusion in an urban context. Based on eight case studies various types of learning platforms were established incl. two multilateral events, 16 twinning exercises and one final conference. Spatial Foresight lead this study involving partners such as t33, Nordregio, IPoP, Sweco, ID and Metrex.

The final report can be downloaded here.

More and detailed information on the results and presentations of the organised events, the summaries of the case studies, but also on the twinning meetings and the final conference are available here.

Client: DG Regio
Duration: 2013-2015

Ex-post evaluation 2007-2013 - Workpackage 0 - Data collection and Quality Assessment

EU Cohesion Policy 2007-2013 was to be evaluated and this evaluation started with Workpackage 0 laying the ground for the later thematic evaluation. Workpackage 0 gathered and assessed physical data reported by the Managing Authorities in their annual implementation reports and assessed the feasibility of gathering financial data broken down by priority theme at NUTS 3 level. The work done in this study formed the backbone for the following studies concerning the ex-ante evaluation of EU Cohesion Policy. Spatial Foresight coordinated Workpackage 0 in cooperation with ÖIR and t33. The lead partner was t33.

Client: DG Regio / t33
Duration: 2013-2015

Awareness raising factsheets and case studies

The European Investment Bank (EIB) appointed a team consisting of t33, EPRC and Spatial Foresight to prepare content related factsheets to awareness raising for Financial Instruments under the European Structural Funds. This supported the launch of the Technical Advisory Platform under EU Structural and Investment Funds, which the EIB will develop for several European Commission services. The aim was to increase the implementation of the Financial Instruments in the 2014-2020 funding period. The work involved both the developing and drafting of factsheets and a series of case studies on the use of Financial Instruments. The team was led by t33.

Client: European Investment Bank / t33
Duration: August 2014 - December 2014

ESPON ETMS (European Territorial Monitoring System)

The ESPON ETMS project provided a continuous monitoring of territorial trends and structures able to provide policy relevant information to target groups on key trends occurring for European regions, specific type of territories, metropolitan regions, cities and towns in relation to the policy aims and priorities of the Europe 2020 Strategy, EU Cohesion Policy and the TA 2020”.

Client: ESPON / Mcrit / University of Geneva
Duration: 2012-2014

Scoping study on European Territorial Cooperation

It is widely recognised among the stakeholders of the European territorial cooperation (ETC) and the Interreg programmes that there is lack of systemic EU-level evidence on what territorial co-operation delivers, where it works best and how it works. In light of the above INTERACT seeked support of experts with a good understanding of ETC to establish basis for further efforts aimed at collecting EU-level evidence on European territorial co-operation. As part of this work INTERACT has commissioned a scoping study to be carried out by a team led by Eureconsult, involving t33 and Spatial Foresight.

Client: INTERACT / Eureconsult
Duration: September 2014 - December 2014

Framework contract - ESPON External Expertise Support

Spatial Foresight won the tender for the framework contract on the ESPON External Expertise Support. Spatial Foresight assisted ESPON to capitalise on the research work carried out and to draft texts that are easy to understand for a wider public and communicate the key results and relevant policy conclusions of ESPON results and maps. 

In the main, we supported the ESPON Coordination Unit to develop and elaborate a range of editorial products varying from substantial policy oriented and scientific publications to easy accessible policy briefs and fact sheets with a more journalistic touch as well as presentations.

Client: ESPON
Duration: 2012-2014

Expanding ESPON Online MapFinder

Spatial Foresight has been contracted by the ESPON Coordination Unit to update and expand the ESPON Online MapFinder, in order to strengthen the use of ESPON results and maps. The project prepared and incorporated texts describing and explaining 60 additional maps as results from the ESPON 2013 Programme. Spatial Foresight drafted and presented a short text for each map, providing the main information needed to understand the map and thereby allowing the reader to better grasp its message and implications for policy-making as well as for the general understanding of European territorial patterns and trends.

Client: ESPON Coordination Unit
Duration: August 2014 - December 2014

ESPON Data Gaps

As part of its Core Database Strategy (CDS), the ESPON programme set up a database with a limited number of regularly updated stock variables. This for example includes population by age, births, deaths, net-migration and employment by sector. Even for such basic indicators, there are significant gaps in Europe. Changes in regional boundaries have for example generated  broken time series. To fill these gaps, the project applied a range of estimation methods and Spatial Foresight was in charge of validating the output of these estimations, e.g. by checking the consistency of the output data and by collecting some additional figures from national sources.

Client: ESPON / ÖIR
Duration: May 2014 - January 2015

Ex-ante evaluation of the ERDF OP Interregional Territorial Cooperation 2014-2020

The preparation of the operational programmes for the next period of the Structural Funds 2014-2020 is underway. Spatial Foresight conducted the ex-ante evaluation for the future interregional cooperation programme (Interreg Vc). The evaluation included all ex-ante evaluation elements as proposed by the European Commission - especially the evaluation of the programme strategy, indicators, monitoring, financial allocation, contribution to the EU2020 Strategy. The evaluation was led by EureConsult and the evaluation team included also t33.

Client: Interreg IVc / EureConsult
Duration: 2013-2014

Territorial Evidence Packs for Structural Funds Programmes

This ESPON TerrEvi project analysed and presented available ESPON results so that they can be useful for the development of Structural Funds Programmes post 2013. This includes more specifically:

a) To develop a methodological concept for using (European) territorial evidence available for more strategic, result-oriented programming for the post 2013-period;

b) To develop supporting tools for the programming process in order to make the methodological concept operational;

c) To enable the programme partners of SF programmes, including the Managing Authorities and Technical Secretariats of all type of programme areas, to base their decisions on public investment priorities, on measures and on targets on territorial evidence for their programme area;

d) To demonstrate the full potential of the methodological concept and tools developed in ten pilot cases.

The project lead is Metis, with T33 and FGGI as project partners. Spatial Foresight is involved as sub-contractor.

Client: ESPON / Metis
Duration: 2012-2014

Potentials for transnational and cross-border partnerships by using EGTC

In Europe territorial cooperation across national borders is funded by Structural Funds but it is also realised beyond EU programmes. One means to improve the framework conditions for cross-border and transnational territorial cooperation is provided by the EGTC (European Groupings for Territorial Cooperation). This project illustrated the opportunities and limitations of EGTC for transnational projects, networks and programmes and their extended potential use in German border regions. Legal, organisational, governance, institutional and financial aspects were analysed in order to illustrate the potentials of EGTCs.

Here you may find and download the available publications of the project:

Zillmer, S., K. Böhme, C. Lüer, T. Stumm (2014): Leitfaden zur Gründung eines EVTZ für Akteure der transnationalen Zusammenarbeit. BMVI-Sonderpublikation. Download

Zillmer, S., K. Böhme, C. Lüer, T. Stumm (2014): Guideline for the establishment of an EGTC for stakeholders of transnational cooperation. BMVI-Special publications. Download

Zillmer, S., K. Böhme, C. Lüer, T. Stumm (2014): Przewodnik po EUWT dla pdmiotów współpracy transgranicznej. BMVI-Sonderpublikation. Download

Zillmer, S., K. Böhme, C. Lüer, T. Stumm (2014): Leitfaden zur Gründung eines EVTZ für Akteure der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit. BMVI-Sonderpublikation. Download

Client: BBSR
Duration: 2012-2013

Population data collection for European local administrative units from 1960 onwards

DG Regional Policy faces an increasing demand for EU-wide, harmonised regional and urban data analysis. Although a lot of data and indicators are collected at regional level and at the level of bigger cities and agglomerations, the geographical distribution of population at local level has proven to be an essential additional data source when analysing the diversity of the territories in Europe. In order to enable a broader historical perspective on the population evolution of territories and agglomerations, DG Regional Policy wishes to create a database with historical population figures for local administrative units of 2011. This database will provide populations figures for 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011.

After a competitive bidding process, Spatial Foresight was awarded the task of compiling this database. It covered all 28 European Union countries, the EFTA countries Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland, Liechtenstein and in the candidate countries FYROM, Serbia and Turkey. A wide network of national experts provided assistance to Spatial Foresight in this task.

Client: European Commission DG REGIO
Duration: 2013

ESPON Data Navigator

The ESPON Data Navigator - established in 2003 - provides unique information on the principle sources of relevant European statistics. It offers access to main statistical series, geographical data sets, maps and databases and territorially relevant data on different regional levels. It also contains metadata on nomenclatures, periodicity, projection, scale, scope and quality of data. The task of this assignment was it to update the information in the ESPON Data Navigator covering all 19 thematic areas of the data navigator for the 31 countries of the ESPON space. The assignment was led by Mcrit and Spatial Foresight was mainly responsible for specific inputs and the development of the user guide.

Client: Mcrit / ESPON
Duration: 2012-2013

Analysis of the financial and physical data of Objective 1 & 2 Programmes, 2000-2006

The main objective of the service is to provide the European Commission, DG Regio with an analysis of the financial and physical data of the Objective 1 and 2 Programmes financed during the period 2000-2006 in 25 Member States. The analysis built on the work undertaken in the data feasibility study carried out under the ex-post evaluation of cohesion policy programmes 2000-2006 co-financed by the ERDF (‘the data feasibility study’), which assembled indicators in a database containing the physical indicators (output, result and impact indicators) presented in the 2006 Annual Reports of the Programmes, and included information to be collected through the examination of the Final Implementation Reports. Tasks included a massive data collection effort, as well as comment and elaboration of the information gathered concerning expenditures by areas of intervention of the programmes, and indicators used. In addition, the service proposed by the consortium includes a commentary, based on a review of the indicators reported in the Final Implementation Reports and the core indicators by the Commission for 2007-13, on the use of indicators by the programmes, and suggestions for adding possible new core indicators in the future.

The project is carried out in cooperation with T33 in Italy, ÖIR in Austria and a large number of national experts.

Client: DG Regio / T33
Duration: 2011

Administrative costs and burden of EU Cohesion Policy - Scenarios

This study was about measuring the impact of changing EU regulatory requirements to administrative cost and administrative burden of managing EU Structural Funds. In a previous study we have analysed the administrative costs of EU Cohesion Policy. This study received considerable attention around Europe and is currently used as baseline for the debate on the framework for the next program period. The aim of the new study was to assess the impact of changing EU regulatory requirements on administrative costs and administrative burden of managing EU Structural Funds. The focus was on the upcoming debate of the regulatory framework for the Structural Funds period post 2013, and to what degree envisaged changes will reduce the administrative cost for the programme bodies and the burden on the beneficiaries. 

Client: DG Regio / T33 / SWECO
Duration: 2010-2011

LAU2 population data 1960-1990 - Feasibility study

DG Regional Policy faces an increasing demand for EU-wide, harmonised regional and urban data analysis. Although a lot of data and indicators are collected at regional level and at the level of bigger cities and agglomerations, the geographical distribution of population at local level has proven to be an essential additional data source when analysing the diversity of the territories in Europe. In order to enable a broader historical perspective on the population evolution of territories and agglomerations, DG Regional Policy aims to establish a database on the boundaries of the local administrative units and their population figures. Ideally, this database would cover every decade, starting in 1960 (with one data point per decade, typically the census years).

After a competitive bidding process, Spatial Foresight was awarded the task of assessing the feasibility of such a database. This feasibility was being assessed in all 28 European Union countries, in the EFTA countries Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland, Liechtenstein and in the candidate countries FYROM and Turkey. A wide network of national contact points provided assistance to Spatial Foresight in this task.

Client: European Commission  Directorate-General for Regional Policy 
Duration: 2012

INTERREG IVC - Exchange of experience processes

The  purpose of the INTERREG IVC study on exchange of experience processes was to better understand how the exchange of experience among project partners is organised and how it can directly influence the policy framework of regions. This was done to help improving the way the exchange of experience is carried out in the present and also in the future programme period. The analysis was based on in-depth desk and literature research, surveys to project partners and interviews with selected key stakeholders at project level. The lead partner for this study was EureConsult. 

The final report is available on the Interreg IVC website.

Client: Interreg IVC / EureConsult
Duration: 2012-2013

ESPON Map Finder

Maps are a powerful communication tool and one of the main trademarks of ESPON. Past experience has shown that the maps produced by ESPON are widely acknowledged and used. In order to strengthen the use of ESPON results and maps and in particular to facilitate the search and use of the main maps, ESPON set up an ESPON MapFinder.

This MapFinder goes one step further than just allowing a user-friendly approach to finding relevant ESPON maps for a certain topic. ESPON maps are often rather complex both as regards the underlying methods and concepts, as well as the interpretation of the map. Therefore the MapFinder shall also present a short text of roughly 500 words for 80 selected maps allowing the reader to quickly grasp the main information needed to understand the map. This shall also include information which allows the reader to draw policy relevant conclusions from the map, without risking unintended misinterpretations.

Accordingly, the purpose of this exercise was to strive for presenting results in a very communicative way, which can support the policy development in the field of territorial development, competitiveness and cohesion. 

Client: ESPON Coordination Unit 
Duration: 2012

ESPON TERCO

This ESPON project is part of the applied research strand of ESPON and analyses the role of European territorial cooperation for growth, jobs and quality of life.  The main objective of this project was to assess the relationship between international territorial co-operation and the socio-economic development of EU and neighbouring regions. In a first phase theoretical concepts of territorial cooperation were examined and data on different types of territorial cooperation and other regional characteristics will be collected and structured. In a second phase various qualitative and quantitative methods were applied in order to investigate the mentioned relationship. This is followed by the development of typologies on territorial cooperation and of policy recommendations. The lead partner of this project was EUROREG at Warsaw University. Spatial Foresight was involved as a sub-contractor and carried out the foreseen German-Polish case study and contributed to statistical analyses.

Client: ESPON / EUROREG
Duration: 2010-2012

ESPON INTERCO

The ESPON Scientitifc Plattform Project on territorial indicators and indices constitutes an important element of the ESPON monitoring platform. Following a first phase of screening existing territorial indicators and indices for the ESPON space, selected territorial indicators and indices were made operational for the ESPON Programme. The selection of these indicators and indices reflect their usefulness for territorial policies and the needs of the policy community. The lead partner for this project was the Department for Geography at the University of Genève. In collaboration with Susan Brockett Plan og Prosess, Spatial Foresight—as sub-contractor—was in charge of the dialogue with the policy community.

Client: ESPON / University of Genève
Duration: 2010-2012

Regional Challenges in the Perspective of 2020 Deepening and broadening the analysis

The EU Commission publication “Regions 2020” and the set of follow up studies “Regional Futures 2020 – Regional challenges in the perspective of 2020” have set the frame for a first prospective analysis of the likely regional impact of four of the biggest challenges facing Europe: globalization, demographic change, climate change, and energy supply. This study deepened and broadened the analysis presented in “Regions 2020”. For that ÖIR has brought together an international team involving also Spatial Foresight. Spatial Foresight was mainly responsible for the globalization issue and was also involved in the analysis of the overall policy implications.

Client: DG Regio / ÖIR
Duration: 2010-2011

Knowledge Support: Regional Sensitivity to EU Directives

ESPON has launched a study to further develop existing territorial impact methodologies and explore the impacts of EU policies to be expected at regional level and the types of territories that will benefit most and least from EU policy intervention. In this study the main focus was on the assessment of the regional sensitivity to EU Directives. The task of Spatial Foresight was to follow the ESPON study and provide critical reflections and support.

Cient: ESPON, the European observation network on territorial development and cohesion
Duration: 2010-2012

ESPON 2013 First Synthesis Report

Synthesis Reports are an important means for the communication of ESPON results to a wider audience. Since the publication of the last Synthesis Report in 2006, may new ESPON projects have been initiated and some of them have already presented first results. ESPON as commissioned Spatial Foresight to draft a new Synthesis Report. This report brought together the key messages and findings of the present ESPON research and informed policy development related to the future of EU Cohesion Policy and Territorial Cohesion.

Client: ESPON
Duration: 2010

Regional governance in the context of globalisation

For the 2007-2013 period more than 300 Structural Funds programmes are under implementation in the EU Member States. The purpose of this study was to review governance and administrative structures at national and regional level for the ERDF and Cohesion Fund programmes during 2007-2013 period. The administrative costs were to be examined on a structural, functional and territorial basis within programmes and projects.

Client: DG Regio / SWECO
Duration: 2009

Knowledge Support: Territorial Impact Assessment

ESPON has launched a study to further develop existing territorial impact methodologies and explore the impacts of EU policies to be expected at regional level and the types of territories that will benefit most and least from EU policy intervention. The task of Spatial Foresight was to follow the ESPON study and provided critical reflections and support.

Cient: ESPON, the European observation network on territorial development and cohesion
Duration: 2008-2010

ESPON Typology Compilation

The task was to provide a compilation of existing territorial typologies and propose a set of eight territorial typologies which can be used throughout the ESPON 2013 programme. These typologies need to be relevant and acceptable in the context of European cohesion policy. Furthermore, they must be based on sound methodologies, built on robust data, have a high explanatory power and communicative value and be of policy relevance. The project was carried out in co-operation with the IRS in Germany and Eurofutures Finland.

Client: ESPON, the European observation network on territorial development and cohesion
Duration: 2009-2010

Territorial Agenda for the EU. What happened to the Action Programme?

Following-up on the Territorial Agenda, an Action Programme with 15 different actions has been adopted. In preparation of the Swedish EU presidency, this study aimed to assess to what degree these actions have been implemented to what the results are. Based on this, proposals were elaborated for the future work with the Territorial Agenda and its implementation. 

Client: Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications / SWECO
Duration: 2009

Ex-post evaluation of the management and implementation systems for EU Cohesion Policy

This Work Package 11 of the Ex-post evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy Programmes 2000-2006 focused on the management and implementation systems. The aim was to illustrate the diversity of these systems across Europe, and their contribution to the performance of the programmes, the community added value and sustainable development. 

Client: DG Regio / European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) / SWECO
Duration: 2008-2009

Ex-post evaluation of the rural development aspects of EU Cohesion Policies

This Work Package 9 of the Ex-post evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy Programmes 2000-2006 focused on the rural development. The aim was to illustrate to what degree and how EU Structural Funds and Cohesion Funds have contributed to the development of rural areas in Europe. 

Client: DG Regio / Metis / SWECO
Duration: 2008-2009

Position: EU Green Book on Territorial Cohesion

ARL, the German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning was preparing for a position paper on the EU green book on territorial cohesion. The task of Spatial Foresight was to establish and chair an ad-hoc working group which would draft the ARL position paper.

Client: ARL, the German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning
Duration: 2008-2009

Potential for EU Structural Funds to contribute to the Lisbon and Göteborg objectives

The aim of this project was to analyse to what degree and how the ERDF programmes 20007-2013 contribute to achieving the aims set out in the Lisbon and Göteborg Agendas for growth, jobs and sustainable development.

Client: DG Regio / Nordregio / SWECO
Duration: 2008

Regional expenditure of EU Structural Funds 2000-2006

The overall purpose of the project was to determine the regional breakdown of European Structural Funds expenditure at NUTS II and NUTS III level for each general category of expenditure. The project examined expenditure related to the funding period 2000-2006 in 25 countries which where EU Member States in that period. 

Client: DG Regio / SWECO
Duration: 2007-2008

FINALISED PROJECTS - Transnational coverage

Monitoring needs in the European Strategy for the Alpine Region

The European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) is the most recent macro-regional strategy in Europe. It targets an increased cooperation within the Alpine region in order to better address challenges and to promote a  balanced territorial development. The assignment helped the EUSALP players to develop a framework for monitoring and identify relevant indicators. The key element of the assignment was an interactive workshop held with EUSALP stakeholders in late November 2016.

Clint: DG Regio
Duration: November 2016 - December 2016

Monitoring indicators and targets in the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is the first macro-regional strategy in Europe. It aims at reinforcing cooperation within the region to face several challenges by working together as well as promoting a more balanced development in the area. The assignment on monitoring indicators and targets in the EUSBSR took stock of the situation as regards the monitoring of the objectives and sub-objectives of the EUSBSR by making use relevant indicators, identify monitoring needs by key stakeholders, allowing it to feed the results into the establishment of a macro-regional monitoring system. The main element of this analysis is an interactive workshop with relevant players which took place in late June 2016.

Client: DG REGIO
Duration: May 2016 - September 2016

Foresight study on a vision fo the Baltic Sea Region in 2030

Since the adoption of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and the development of the current version of its Action Plan and sub-priorities some years have past and new development and governance challenges have emerged as global and regional contexts have changed both in terms of economic and geo-political developments.
The 7th Strategy Forum for the EUSBSR focused on a vision for the Baltic Sea Region 2030. In preparation of this, a team led by Spatial Foresight was asked to review relevant development trends to assess:

  • In a 2030 perspective, what major global trends can be expected to fundamentally impact the future of the Baltic Sea Region?
  • Which major trends in the immediate neighbourhood of EU Baltic Sea Region should the Member States take into account when pursuing the long-term objectives of the EUSBSR?
  • Which trends could seriously affect the twelve sub-objectives of the EUSBSR Action Plan?
  • To what extent is the Region prepared for these developments?

Spatial Foresight carried out this study in cooperation with MDI in Finland. The final report of the assessment can be downloaded on the Strategy Forum website.

Client: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tilväxtverket)
Duration: April 2016 - November 2016

INTERACT funding sources in the EUSBSR

Spatial Foresight has conducted a study for INTERACT Point Turku on the funding sources available for the EU macro regional strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The study provided a comprehensive list and collect respective data on funding sources / policy implementation instruments in the Baltic Sea Region. Furthermore the most important needs for accessing the relevant information by different categories of users were identified. The study contributed to increased alignment of funding in the Baltic Sea Region.

After the project, INTERACT and other stakeholders for the Baltic Sea Region continued developing the tool. The funding portal has been published November 2016: http://funding.balticsea-region.eu/

Client: INTERACT Point Turku
Duration: September - December 2015

West Nordic Municipal Structure

Municipalicities in the West Nordic countries (Faroe island, Iceland and Greenland) look quite different: The Faroe Islands (population: 48 500 inh.) comprise 30 small municipalities. Debates on merging them into 7 new ones have stalled because of a lack of political support at the national level. Since 2009, Greenland (population: 56,800 inh.) is subdivided in only four very large municipalities, with an average population of 14,000  inhabitants. These municipalities comprise between 8 and 40 settlements, none of which are connected by roads. Iceland (population: 320,000 inh.) has 75 municipalities. Their number has fallen rapidly from over 200 in the 1980s. These constrasted patterns in countries that share similar challenges, with small, isolated settlements that are highly dependent on natural resources, create a potential for exchanges of experience and good practice. Furthermore, current debates on changes in municipal structures could usefully be informed by international literature. The objective of the project is to produce an integrated evidence base for these discussions, that could later be used as a basis for organising transnational exchanges within this field. The municipal structures will be approached from the perspective of local democracy, public service provision and development potentials. A limited number of interviews will be carried out with local stakeholders, as a complement to the review of literature and policy documents. 

Client: Arctic Cooperation Programme / University of Akureyri 
Duration: 2012-2013

Implementation of the Territorial Agenda 2020: Impacts of European transport policies in selected regions

The Territorial Agenda 2020 aims at implementing territorial cohesion. This asks for intensified collaboration between sector and spatial policies. Transport policy, i. a. in the context of the core network, is spatially sensitive, which suggests a closer cooperation between transport policy and spatial planning. This project aims to illustrate how this cooperation was achieved in selected INTERREG projects and wants to observe and support related planning processes in selected German regions. The project is conducted in collaboration with Spiekermann & Wegener.

Here you may download the available publications pf the project:

Zillmer, S. & Lüer C. (2014), Umsetzung der Territorialen Agenda 2020: Entwicklung regionaler Potenziale im Zusammenhang mit der Weiterentwicklung der TEN-V in drei Modellregionen, BMVI - Special publications. Download.

Zillmer S. , Lüer C., Spiekermann K., Wegener M. (2015): Implementating the Territorial Agenda 2020. Enhancing regional potentials in the context of further developing the TEN-T.  BMVI-Online-Publikation 07/2015. Download.

Client: BBSR, Germany
Duration: 2012-2014

Cooperation methods and tools applied by the 2014-2020 ESI Funds programmes to support implementation of the EUSBSR

Spatial Foresight performed a study on “Cooperation methods and tools applied by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) programmes for 2014-2020 to support implementation of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region”. The purpose of this study has been to analyse how a selection of ESI Funds are foreseen to support implementation of the EUSBSR during the 2014-2020 programming period. The final report can be downloaded here.

Client: INTERACT point Turku
Duration: October 2014 – April 2015

Supporting the preparation of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

DG Regio assigned Kai Böhme as external expert for the impact assessment of the Alpine macro-regional strategy (EUSALP) in the fields of: 1) competitiveness, prosperity and cohesion of the Alpine Region; 2) Assistance in the stakeholder consultation; and 3) overall expert assessment to provide the Commission with strategic advice on policy challenges. The expert's tasks lead to a synthetic report, including recommendations and readiness in preparation of a Commission Communication and Action Plan for a EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, which will be submitted to the Council during 2015.

Client: DG Regio
Duration: September 2014 - March 2015

Ex-ante evaluation of the ERDF OP 2 Seas 2014-2020

Spatial Foresight conducted the ex-ante evaluation for the territorial cooperation programme 2 Seas. The evaluation included all ex-ante evaluation elements as proposed by the European Commission - especially the evaluation of the programme strategy, indicators, monitoring, financial allocation,  contribution to the EU2020 Strategy as well as the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The evaluation was led by t33.

Client: Interreg 2 Seas / t33
Duration: 2013-2014

Ex-ante evaluation of the ERDF OP France (Channel) - England 2014-2020

Spatial Foresight conducted the ex-ante evaluation for the territorial cooperation programme France (Channel) - England. The evaluation included all ex-ante evaluation elements as proposed by the European Commission - especially the evaluation of the programme strategy, indicators, monitoring, financial allocation,  contribution to the EU2020 Strategy as well as the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The evaluation was led by t33.

Client: Interreg IVA France (Channel) - England / t33
Duration: 2013-2014

Ex-ante evaluation of the ERDF OP Alpine Space 2014-2020

Spatial Foresight conducted the ex-ante evaluation for the territorial cooperation programme Alipne Space. The evaluation included all ex-ante evaluation elements as proposed by the European Commission - especially the evaluation of the programme strategy, indicators, monitoring, financial allocation,  contribution to the EU2020 Strategy as well as the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The evaluation was led by t33.

Client: Interreg Alpine Space / t33
Duration: 2013-2014

Study on the new role of macro-regions in European Territorial Cooperation

Spatial Foresight contributed to a study on macro-regional strategies in Europe as part of a framework contract with the European Parliament. The objective of the study was to identify the “new role of macro-regions in European Territorial Cooperation”. It analysed the governance approach, efficiency and effectiveness of existing and emerging macro-regional strategies. Spatial Foresight carried out a case study on the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) addressing, among others,  the process, the actors and the added value of the macro-regional strategy. The consortium was led by the Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning (ÖIR) and also includes t33 and the Technical University of Delft.

You may download the study here.

Client: European Parliament
Duration: May 2014 - January 2015

Ex-ante evaluation of the ERDF OP North-West Europe 2014-2020

Spatial Foresight conducted the ex-ante evaluation for the territorial cooperation programme North-West Europe. The evaluation included all ex-ante evaluation elements as proposed by the European Commission - especially the evaluation of the programme strategy, indicators, monitoring, financial allocation,  contribution to the EU2020 Strategy as well as the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The evaluation was led by EuroConsult and SEA was led by Dr. Dräger & Thielmann. 

Client: Interreg NWE / EureConsult
Duration: 2013-2014

Analysis of transnational cooperation: Green Growth and Blue Growth

 

Blue Growth and Green Growth are key concepts as regards implementing the Europe 2020 strategy and the Territorial Agenda 2020 and achieving their specific objectives. Blue Growth highlights the maritime dimension of the Europe 2020 strategy and encompasses smart, sustainable and inclusive growth related to the resources and potentials of oceans, seas and coastal areas. Green Growth is closely linked to sustainable growth. In accordance with the Europe 2020 strategy, Green Growth emphasises the relevance of energy- and resource-efficient economic growth in order to achieve long-term sustainable development. This project aimed to illustrate how transnational projects contribute to Blue and Green Growth in Germany and how they therefore facilitated the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Territorial Agenda 2020.

Here you may find and download the available publications of the project:

Zillmer S., Lüer C. & Toptsidou M. (2014): Transnationale Perspektiven für grünes und blaues Wachstum. Wie Kommunen und Regionen im Rahmen von INTERREG IV B nachhaltiges Wachstum fördern und marine Ressourcen nutzen können. BBSR Sonderveröffentlichung. Download

Zillmer S., Lüer C. & Toptsidou M. (2014): Transnational perspectives for green and blue growth. How municipalities and regions can promote sustainable growth and use marine resources in the context of INTERREG IV B. BBSR Special Publications. Download

Client: BBSR
Duration: 2013-2014

EU Macroregional Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region

As part of the Europe 2020 strategy, the Commission adopted the 'Innovation Union' flagship initiative in October 2010. It sets out a comprehensive innovation strategy for Europe to enhance Europe's capacity to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. DG Regio has assigned Kai Böhme as external expert for the impact assessment of the Adriatic & Ionian macro-region (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia) in the field of: 1) innovative maritime and marine issues that draw on smart specialisation in the macro region; 2) overall expert assessment to provide the Commission with strategic advice on policy challenges. The expert's tasks lead to a synthetic report, including recommendations and readiness and impact assessment to assist the Commission services in the preparation of a Commission Communication and Action Plan for an EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, which was submitted to the Council during 2014.

Client: DG Regio
Duration: 2013-2014

West Norden Foresight 2030: The rural communities' Perspective

The rural communities of West Norden (Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland) face particular social and economic development challenges related to their isolation, the small size of their local communities and extensive economic specialisation in sectors linked to the extraction and exploitation of raw materials. The objective of the study was to carry out a foresight process focusing on these territories, identifying potential shared ambitions and visions in a 2030 horizon and formulating some strategies to overcome the challenges they are facing. Spatial Foresight coordinated the implementation of the project. The lead stakeholder was the Greenlandic government. The steering group also included the Icelandic, Faroese and Greenland associations of local authorities and the Faroese Research Centre for Social Development. Nordregio was also part of the project team, providing important background data and maps.

Client: The Nordic Council of Ministers' Arctic Co-operation Programme
Duration: 2010-2011

Needs and potentials of CENTRAL EUROPE

In 2011, the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme for territorial cooperation started the internal debate on the future of transnational cooperation in its area, under consideration of the wider framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the proposed political framework for EU Regional Policy after 2013. This project aimed to support the Programme that it will meet regional challenges, satisfy concrete needs and use existing potentials for future cooperation in the next funding period 2014-2020.  Spatial Foresight contributed to this analysis of challenges, needs and potentials as expert for the German regions included in the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme.

Client: Managing Authority of Central Europe Programme / ÖIR
Duration: 2012

Cross-programme evaluation in the Danube area

Regional development is influenced and supported by a wide range of regional, national and European programmes. The INTERACT cross-programme evaluation in Central and South-eastern Europe (incl. the Danube area) analysed and characterised the joint contribution of a range of programmes or initiatives to the development of the Danube area. The analysis had a particular focus on specific on possible synergies, overlappings, cooperation links and missing connections between the different programmes and initiatives. European Territorial Cooperation Programmes (INTERREG) were in the main focus of the cross-programme evaluation.

Client: INTERACT
Duration: 2009 – 2010

SME involvement in European territorial cooperation programmes operative in North-East Europe

A main issue of this study was to identify the ways in which the ETC programmes have an ability to create and support ties that allow the SMEs to participate fully in the European Territorial Cooperation Programmes operating in North East Europe. The critical tasks included identifying, describing and analysing the level of SME involvement the programmes and the dimensions of SME involvement that contribute to the regional competitiveness and innovation of the participating regions. The critical issue was to identify the bottom-up qualities of the actions implemented and draw conclusions that are relevant to the Client, the programme secretariats, as well as the SMEs and other project partners. The study was carried out by Net Effect in cooperation with Sweco and Spatial Foresight.

Client: INTERACT / Net Effect
Duration: 2010

Monitoring and Evaluation in European Territorial Cooperation

In the INTERREG community monitoring and evaluation are increasingly debated. In the framework of these debates, Spatial Foresight was a continuous peer reviewer concerning the elaboration of an INTERACT guidebook on monitoring and evaluation. Furthermore, Spatial Foresight was in charge for various INTERACT workshops with Programme Secretariats and Managing / Steering Committees.

Client: INTERACT
Duration: 2009

Arguments and values in administrative reforms

The Nordic countries were all in various phases of administrative reforms. The aim of this project was to illuminate one important aspect of the public debates that were taking place in all Nordic countries, namely the arguments that were used (rather than describing the process itself). This increased the transparency of the debate and was of use when decisions were made.

Client: Nordic Research Programme / Blekinge Institute of Technology
Duration: 2007-2008

East-West Transport Corridor Strategy and Action Programme

The Interreg IIIC project “East-West Transport Corridor” has set out to further develop the link between Klaipeda in Lithuania and Esbjerg in Denmark to an important node in the increasing trade between East and West. The aim of this project was to prepare a strategy and mid-term action programme which helped the corridor to position itself globally and strengthen it links to destinations in Russia, the Fare East and Western Europe.

Client: Region Blekinge / SWECO Eurofutures
Duration: 2007 

FINALISED PROJECTS - National and regional coverage

EUREGIO Freight Corridor

Spatial Foresight performed a study to analyse the logistics sector in the EUREGIO. The EUREGIO initiated the INTERREG A project "EUREGIO Freight Corridor" to elaborate a joint development strategy for the logistics sector in the German-Dutch border region. Under the cross-border project, the EUREGIO commissioned this study, which collected detailed information on the status quo and possible future developments with regards to the logistics sector and goods transport. This way the study will provide evidence for the elaboration process of the EUREGIO’s strategy.
 
The study consistsed of four Lots, focusing on (1) current and future goods flows as well as the logistics profile, (2) the infrastructure network, current and future bottlenecks, (3) obstacles in the field of interoperability, and (4) pilot cases contributing to green corridor development. Spatial Foresight coordinatds the overall study, lead the last two Lots and also contributed to the first two Lots. The study is conducted together with TCP International and TNO.

Client: EUREGIO
Duration: April 2016 - November 2016

Brochure of the Thuringian ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020

Spatial Foresight contributes to the communication of the Thuringian ERDF Programme 2014-2020 by drafting a brochure of the Operational Programme. The brochure shall inform beneficiaries, potential beneficiaries and other interested players about the main features of the Thuringian ERDF Programme 2014-2020. This brochure is part of the Managing Authority's communication strategy.

Development of the evaluation plan for the Thuringian ERDF Programme 2014-2020

Spatial Foresight contributes to the evaluation plan for the Thuringian ERDF Programme 2014-2020 by identifying and describing the list of the envisaged evaluations during the programming period. Apart from desk research this encompasses in particular close interaction with the Managing Authority and responsible sector policies involved in the implementation of the ERDF programme. The list will include all relevant evaluation details as regards objective, extent, crucial questions, methods, time frame, data needs and budget for each of the listed evaluations.  

Client: Thüringer Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und digitale Gesellschaft (Thuringian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Science and digital society)
Duration: March 2015-July 2015

Ex-ante evaluation of the ERDF OP Saarland 2014-2020

The preparation of the operational programmes for the next period of the Structural Funds 2014-2020 was underway. Spatial Foresight conductsed the ex-ante evaluation for the ERDF programme of the Saarland. The evaluation included all ex-ante evaluation elements as proposed by the European Commission - especially the evaluation of the programme strategy, indicators, monitoring, financial allocation,  contribution to the EU2020 Strategy as well as the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The project was conducted in collaboration with EureConsult, Dr. Dräger & Thielmann and PRAC.

Client: Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit, Energie und Verkehr - Saarland
Duration: 2013

Local adaptability to global and regional economic trends

The project aimed at increasing knowledge about the adaptability of enterprises and regional and local governments and stakeholders in the Mazowieckie region in Poland. Adaptability here refers to the need to adjust to social, economic and other external developments, including the use of ICT. For making this knowledge available to local and regional stakeholders in this region, Spatial Foresight identified and analysed good practices of local governments etc. in Germany and other European countries.

Client: MGG Conferences
Duration: March 2014 - October 2014

Ex-ante evaluation of the ERDF OP Thuringia 2014-2020

The preparation of the operational programmes for the next period of the Structural Funds 2014-2020 was underway. Spatial Foresight conducted the ex-ante evaluation for the Thuringian ERDF programme. The evaluation included all ex-ante evaluation elements as proposed by the European Commission - especially the evaluation of the programme strategy, indicators, monitoring, financial allocation,  contribution to the EU2020 Strategy as well as the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The project was conducted in collaboration with EureConsult, Metis and PRAC. 

Client: Thuringia Ministry of Economy, Employment and Technology 
Duration: 2012-2013

Ex-ante evaluation of the ERDF OP Bozen - Südtirol / Bolzano - Alto Adige 2014-2020

The preparation of the operational programmes for the next period of the Structural Funds 2014-2020 was underway. Spatial Foresight was involved in the ex-ante evaluation for the ERDF programme of the autonomous province of South Tyrol (IT). The evaluation included all ex-ante evaluation elements as proposed by the European Commission - especially the evaluation of the programme strategy, indicators, monitoring, financial allocation, contribution to the EU2020 Strategy as well as the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The project was conducted in collaboration with t33 (lead partner) and Archidata.

Client: Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano - Alto Adige / Autonome Provinz Bozen - Suedtirol and t33
Duration: 2013-2014

Using ESPON results in Norway

The Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development wanted to explore how findings and methodologies from the ESPON 2006 and 2013 programmes could inform Norwegian spatial planning and regional policy debates. Spatial Foresight has previously been the Lead Partner of a pre-project whose objective was to review potentially relevant indicators and typologies. Spatial Foresight  contributed to the present more detailed analysis of ESPON projects as a subcontactor of the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR). 

Client: NIBR 
Duration: 2012

The Territorial Dimension of Future EU Cohesion Policy

The objective of territorial cohesion has obtained new policy relevance as of its inclusion in the Lisbon Treaty. Although the 5th Cohesion Report, published in November 2010, has confirmed this new role, it is not yet decided how the objective of territorial cohesion will affect EU policies. This project aimed to illustrate how the principle of territorial cohesion can be integrated in different EU sector policies. Therefore, EU policies which highly affect cities and regions, such as Regional Policy, Environmental Policy, Transport Policy as well as other relevant policies were considered.

This project analysed different understandings of territorial cohesion in the EU and especially in Germany. Content as well as governance related proposals were made concerning the integration of territorial cohesion in EU policies. The project assisted the BBSR (German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development) and the BMVBS (German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development) in developing corresponding proposals. 

Client:  BBSR (German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development)
Duration: 2010-2012

Territorially differentiated implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy in Germany

Europe 2020 needs a territorially differentiated implementation. The overall European targets need to be translated into regionally differentiated targets, in order to ensure that all regions can contribute with their potentials to achieving the overall aim.

This study identified the potentials for territorial differentiated implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy in Germany. It investigated two main aspects of such an approach. Firstly, we researched governance mechanisms used for steering development through agreements on quantifiable target values. Secondly, we conducted a regional analysis of German regions to identify potentials for territorially differentiated targeted values related to the Europe 2020 Strategy. This work comprised also a number of case studies and an open dialogue with various German stakeholders. 

The final report can be downloaded at: link

Client:  BBSR (German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development)
Duration: 2011-2012

Cyprus EU Presidency in 2012: Preparatory support

The scope of the contract concerned the provision of services for the preparation of a Background Report titled “Territorial Cohesion Issues in Europe during the Cyprus Presidency 2012 and beyond” to be used to define the theme(s) of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second semester of 2012, and more particularly with regard to the coordination by the Government of Cyprus of the intergovernmental cooperation among EU Member States in the field of Territorial Cohesion. In detail the work comprised a background report on territorial cohesion issues in Europe and a shorter report on the territorial state and perspectives of Cyprus within the EU.   

Client: Ministry of Interior, Republic of Cyprus
Duration: 2012

Polish EU Presidency in 2011: Preparatory support

Following the adoption of the new Territorial Agenda for Europe under the Hungarian Presidency in the first half of 2011, the Polish Presidency wanted to ensure progress on the implementation. This was tightly linked to the policy debates about Europe's future Cohesion Policy.

In preparation of the work under the Polish EU presidency, the Ministry for Regional Development has brought together a group of external experts to support the work of the Ministry and prepare a background document. Key aspects in the work were the scrutiny of EU cohesion policy and its territorial dimension, a strengthened dialogue with other sector policies, furthering the debate on key territorial cohesion indicators, and the mobilisation of key stakeholders. Spatial Foresight had mainly an advisory role in this work, providing input from the rich experience in other related works.

Client:  Polish Ministry of Regional Development
Duration: 2011

Pre-project - Using ESPON results in Norway

The Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development wanted to explore how findings and methodologies from the ESPON 2006 and 2013 programmes could inform Norwegian spatial planning and regional policy debates. The objective of this pre-project was to produce a review of potentially relevant indicators and typologies, which in future, a more comprehensive project would  analyse in further detail.     

The review was produced by a consortium led by Spatial Foresight, with participation by Nordregio and Eurofutures Finland. It was finalised in June 2011.

Client:  Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development (KRD)
Duration: 2011

Urban policy case studies in France and Germany

This project aimed at providing an overview of policy approaches in Germany and France supporting urban sustainable development. This can include innovative solutions for different fields of urban planning, especially transport, environment, management and living conditions. The indication and description of particular important and/or interesting corresponding policies supported VINNOVA's strategic and operational work in the field of sustainable cities in Sweden. 

In particular the following questions were answered:
Are there specific centers for research and development for sustainable urban development  in Germany or France? Are there  good example of centers, programmes or initiatives for the commercialization or for marketing the green tech business?

Client:   Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis / SWECO
Duration: 2011

Study on Mountain Areas in Southern Norway

Norwegian regional policies have traditionally focused on peripheral areas and in particular on the challenges facing the northernmost parts of Finnmark and Troms. The Ministry for Local Government and Regional Development has commissioned a study to enquire whether mountain areas of southern Norway could also be the object of targeted measures. The objective was to check whether specific economic and social development conditions can be identified in this part of the country. The research consortium led by the Lillehammer-based research organisation Østlands-forskning, and Spatial Foresight as a partner, was selected to carry out this study on the basis of a competitive bidding process.  The first task was to delineate these mountain areas, using criteria such as altitude, slope, ruggedness and possibly vegetation. Their specificities in terms of social and economic performance, access to services and infrastructure endowment have then been considered. Workshops involving stakeholders from the concerned areas were also organised, in view of better incorporating the governance and future development potentials of mountain areas in the analysis. The final report was produced during the summer of 2010.

Client: Norwegian Ministry for Local Government and Regional Development /Østlandsforskning
Duration: 2010 

Continuous evaluation of the Structural Funds management in Sweden

The Swedish management of the ERDF and ESF programmes 2007-2013 has established a continuous evaluation of their management system in order to facilitate organisational learning and reflection. The key questions that were discussed concerned the implementation system, the compliance with EU and national regulations and the effectiveness and efficiency of the programme management.

Client: NUTEK / SWECO
Duration: 2008-2010

Analysis of ESPON results for Germany

To understand the final results of the ESPON 2006 Programme in a national or regional perspective was not an easy task. The project aimed at analysing the final ESPON results with regard to their picture of the territorial development in Germany and their possible implications for Germany.

Client: German Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) / Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS)
Duration: 2007-2008

EU funded transport projects and national transport policies

During 2000 and 2006 various transport projects have been carried out with EU funding. The aim of this project was to study such projects in Sweden, analyse to what degree the work carried out by these Structural Funds and INTERREG projects complemented national Swedish transport policies and to what degree EU funding was used more strategically in the field of transport policies.

Client: Swedish Association of Local Authorities & Regions / SWECO
Duration: 2008

Evaluation practice in assessing the effects of regional policy interventions

The Polish Ministry of Regional Development was interested to learn from Ireland, UK and Sweden in order to improve the Structural Funds management. The tasks of this project was to provide a review of good practices and innovative solutions in assessing real, longer term effects of regional programmes. Spatial Foresight contributed with the Swedish perspective.

Cient: EUROREG - Warsaw University
Duration: 2008

Assessment of research on the socio-economic consequences of the a nuclear waste repository

Various research projects have been carried out in preparation of the application for a final nuclear waste repository in Sweden. The aim of this project was to assist the assessment of these search activities by asking the critical questions.

Client: Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate (SKI)
Duration: 2008

Contribution of the EU budget to regional growth

The Swedish Institute for Growth Policy studies was carrying out an analysis of the multi-annual budget for the period 2007–2013 and beyond. The aim was to scrutinize the budget, particularly in what way it may contribute to economic growth. Based on existing knowledge, this project iwas intended to suggest steps towards a reform of the EU budget both on short and long term.

Client: Swedish Institute for Growth Policy Studies (ITPS) / SWECO
Duration: 2007

Preparatory study on the on-going Structural Funds evaluations

The classical mid-term evaluation has been replaced by an on-going evaluation in the Structural Funds period 2007-2013. The aim of this project was to collect past experience and issues of the current debate in a number of European countries. This information supported the setting up of the evaluation plans and mechanisms for the on-going Structural Funds evaluation in Sweden.

Client: NUTEK the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth / SWECO
Duration: 2007 

Economic impact assessment of the masterplan for Gothenburg

The municipality of Gothenburg was drawing up a new masterplan, ÖPXX. This project assessed the economic implications of the draft masterplan which has been presented to the public. The impact assessment was based on a methodology which has been developed in the framework of ESPON for territorial impact assessments of EU policies. 

Client: Municipality of Gothenburg / SWECO
Duration: 2007

International benchmakring of the urban and demographic developments in Malmö

The municipality of Malmö was facing a number of urban and demographic challenges relatd to ongoing transition processes. This project reflected the present challenges and strategies in a wider European perspectives and compared the situation in Malmö to developments in other cities such as Newcastle, Dortmund and Metz. 

Client: Municipality of Malmö / SWECO EuroFutures
Duration: 2007

Skåne in a European perspective

ESPON, the European Spatial Planning and Observation Network, and the Urban Audit have produced a huge amount of comparative European analysis. These analysis allow European cities and regions to better see their comparative advantages and disadvantages. The aim of this project was to analyse the vast amount of European comparative information with regard to the European position and potentials of the Swedish region Skåne.

Client: Region Skåne / SWECO Eurofutures
Duration: 2007