Spatial Foresight GmbH is a Luxembourg-based company which provides territorial policy support and research. The fields of activity comprise:
- Analysis and evaluation
- Process facilitation
- Strategy development
- Training and dissemination
- Territorial foresight processes
- European and comparative studies
The principle idea is to bring together territorial development and policy processes with foresight oriented approaches. Foresight encompasses a range of approaches that combine strategic analysis, prospective forward thinking and process oriented dialogical work. Using these approaches for the processes shaping our territories will facilitate a better understanding of how to best capitalise on territorial development potentials.
The latest news about new projects, publications and forthcoming presentations by the Spatial Foresight team:
NEW PUBLICATION: Review of Adopted ETC Programmes
Spatial Foresight has contributed to a review of adopted European Territorial Cooperation Programmes (ETC). The European Parliament’s REGI Committee has published the report of this study. The report offers insights on the strategic choices made by Member States and programme authorities for programme content and management, synergies with other EU, national and regional level instruments, implementing tools and simplification measures foreseen by the regulations. Spatial Foresight team member’s have in particular contributed to the chapters on Synergies between ETC programmes and other planning instruments and ETC Programme management structures.
Levralet, F., Perku, A., Lorgeoux, E., Brignani, N., Wills, T.J.B., Zillmer, S., Holstein, F. & Stumm, T. (2016). Review of Adopted European Territorial Cooperation Programmes. European Parliament. Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies.
NEW PROJECT: 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 shall take 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 taking place in late June 2016.
NEW PROJECT: 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 has 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 is on concrete projects and the added value both for the funding programmes involved and the macro-regions in general.
NEW PROJECT: 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.
NEW PROJECT: 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 has 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 will address a range of questions through the combination of different methodologies that includes a general overview on all 28 EU Member States and some in-depth studies for selected countries. The study will be lead by Spatial Foresight and conducted in collaboration with ÖIR and t33.
NEW PUBLICATION: The Territorial Dimension of EGTCs
Spatial Foresight has updated the map on the territorial dimension of EGTCs that was initially produced in 2015 and has been distributed through publications and events. The map illustrates the use of the so-called cross-border EGTCs, Transnational EGTCs and Network EGTCs in order to promote cross-border cooperation.
NEW PROJECT: Mapping Research and Innovation Plans&Strategies for Smart Specialisation on Bioeconomy
Spatial Foresight has been awarded 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 will generate 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 shall be identified as well as corresponding bottlenecks and gaps. The study will be led by Spatial Foresight and conducted in collaboration with SWECO, Nordregio, INFYDE, Berman Group, t33 and ÖIR.