Finalised European projects

 

Cohesion Policy measures in response to COVID-19

The European Parliament commissioned Spatial Foresight to provide a rapid analysis and assessment of the adaptations that have been made to EU Cohesion Policy in response to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The assessment informs members of the REGI Committee.

The final report can be downloaded here.

 

Client: European Parliament

Duration: June - November 2020

Territorial Impact Assessment: the State of Cities and Regions in the COVID-19 crisis

This short study addressed the territorial asymmetric exposure and sensitivity of COVID-19 and related policy responses posed by cities and regions in Europe. This concerned regions exposure and sensitivity to the lockdowns following COVID-19 as well as a review of the EU recovery measures. The work was carried out in cooperation with t33 and ÖIR.

The final report is availabe HERE

 

Client: European Committee of the Regions

Duration: June - August 2020

ESPON BRIDGES

The project led by Spatial Foresight and implemented together with 13 other partners aimed at analysing regional development processes in Territories with Geographical Specificities (TGS) and at making proposal for innovative strategic development policies. TGS are approached considering their relations and functional interactions with surrounding areas. Empirical work included 20 local and regional case studies in mountainous, insular, sparsely populated or coastal areas. Final results are available via the EPSON webpage: https://www.espon.eu/geographical-specifities

 

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: October 2017 - September 2020

Update of the mid-term evaluation for Interreg Europe

In preparation of the programming for post 2020, Interreg Europe commissioned an update of its mid-term evaluation. This includes revisiting and updating information on the impact, management and communication of the programme and the development of reflections for the programme. The work is conducted by Spatial Foresight in cooperation with Eureconsult and Technopolis (lead partner).

 

Client: GEIE GECOTTI Interreg Europe Programme

Duration: February 2020 - September 2020

 

ESPON Database portal II

Spatial Foresight contributed to setting up the ESPON 2020 Database Portal, as part of a project coordinated by the University of Geneva. It was responsible for the integration of data and metadata from projects and other ESPON activities. This involved 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 was capitalised upon, based on an active collaboration with UMS RIATE and Maynooth University. MCRIT and the Autonomous University of Barcelona also contributed to this work.

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: February 2017 - July 2020

Potential impacts of COVID-19 on regions and cities

This short study analysed the territorially asymmetric exposure and sensitivity COVID-19 and related policy responses pose to cities and regions in Europe. This concerned regions exposure and sensitivity to the lockdowns following COVID-19 as well as a review of the EU recovery measures. The work was carried out in cooperation with t33 and ÖIR.

The study built upon a previous publication: Understanding the territorially diverse implications of COVID-19 policy responses (Spatial Foresight Brief 2020:13).

The final report is availabel as CoR study  doi:10.2863/56992

 

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: June - September 2020

Interreg Europe – update mid-term evaluation

In preparation of the programming for post 2020, Interreg Europe commissioned an update of its mid-term evaluation. This included revisiting and updating information on the impact, management and communication of the programme and the development of reflections for the programme. The work was conducted by Spatial Foresight in cooperation with Eureconsult and Technopolis (lead partner).

 

Client: GEIE GECOTTI Interreg Europe Programme
Duration: February 2020 - September 2020

Think piece on spatial inequalities

Spatial Foresight supported the EIB in its development of a Think Piece on spatial inequalities. The questions addressed included (a) What are the dimensions of spatial inequalities, both in terms of indicators to look at and phenomena to address such as the urban-rural divide and socioeconomic segregation within cities? (b) How do spatial inequalities unfold? How have they evolved over the recent past? (c) What are the consequences of spatial inequalities (e.g. the urban-rural divide with urban congestion and rural desertification, hollowing out of city centres, ghettoization, and rise of populism)? (c) What can policies related to investment and capacity building in different sectors do to address the root causes of spatial inequalities and/or stem its undesirable consequences?

 

Client: European Investment Bank (EIB)
Duration: May 2019 - June 2020

Active subsidiarity and the European Semester: the involvement of cities and regions in policy-making for investment and structural reform

In the framework contract for the European Committee of the Regions on economic policies and governance, Spatial Foresight, in a consortium led by t33, was awarded a contract on the analysis of the concept of active subsidiarity and the European Semester. The objective was to develop recommendation on how to implement the concept of 'active subsidiarity' in the context of the European Semester, in particular with a view to LRAs and the principles of partnership and multi-level governance. Spatial Foresight contributed, inter alia, through case studies.

 

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: December 2019 - March 2020

Assessing the need for a modification of the state aid rules for the phasing-out of coal

Spatial Foresight, in a consortium led by t33, was awarded a contract on the analysis of state aid modification needs for the phasing-out of coal. This analysis was conducted within a framework contract awarded by the European Committee of the Regions. The objective of the study was to provide insights into available state aid rules and needs for adjustments to better facilitate the transition of coal regions. Spatial Foresight conducted, inter alia, two case studies on coal regions in Northrhine-Westfalia and Castilla y Leon.

 

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: December 2019 - February 2020

EGTC Monitoring Report 2018-2019

Spatial Foresight received a request from the Committee of the Regions to develop the EGTC Monitoring Report 2018-2019. For the first time, the Monitoring Report focused around good examples and story telling of EGTCs putting less emphasis on EGTCs' formal information. Apart from presenting good EGTC practices in particular in the field of territorial cooperation, the report analysed the implementation of the EGTC regulation in national legislation, the set-up of new EGTCs and EGTCs currently under constitution. Spatial Foresight coordinated the project. Other partners involved in this assignment are ÖIR, t33 and Mcrit.

 

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: October 2019 - March 2020

Blue Biotechnology in Europe

Spatial Foresight was contracted by the JRC Seville (Territorial Development Unit) for a sector analysis. In support of the Annual Report on the EU Blue Economy 2021, the objective of this contract was to analyse policy activity, results and evidences coming from project interventions, collaborative frameworks, industrial advancement and research activity in the emerging sector of Blue Biotechnology in Europe.

 

Client: Joint Research Centre (JRC) for the European Commission
Duration: August 2019 - December 2019

ESPON Territorial Reference Framework

The ESPON study on Territorial Reference Framework for Europe was a preparatory step towards the development of the upcoming policy debate on a Territorial Agenda post 2020. More precisely the study developed a long-term territorial development perspective for Europe in order to assist in informing and shaping the territorial dimension of post-2020 EU strategic policies. Furthermore the study elaborated mid-term policy proposals for the integrated governance of Territorial Agenda post-2020, and strategic investment programmes in Europe’s territories, regions and cities, as a means towards the advancement of the long-term territorial development perspective. An important part of the work were pan-European stakeholder dialogues. The study was led by Mcrit in cooperation with Spatial Foresight and the European Policy Centre (EPC).

 

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: November 2017 - May 2019

State of the art and challenges ahead for Territorial Impact Assessments

Spatial Foresight received a request from the Committee of the Regions to draft a file note on the "State of the art and challenges ahead for Territorial Impact Assessments (TIA)". The analysis brought together different methodologies and experiences gathered with TIA for further improvements and supporting the outreach of TIA. Spatial Foresight and ÖIR developed the file note with support by Mcrit.

 

Duration: October 2019 - November 2019
Client: European Committee of the Regions

Reviewing intervention logics and results indicators for Urban Innovative Actions

Spatial Foresight was contracted by the UIA Permanent Secretariat to increase internal knowledge and capabilities to help assist projects in developing coherent project intervention logics and result indicators, in line with the European Commission ESIF result-oriented framework for 2014-2020. UIA - Urban Innovative Actions is an Initiative of the European Union promoting pilot projects in the field of sustainable urban development. The final objective of the assistance was to improve the quality of guidance and support tools on the measurability of the projects' results.

 

Client: GEIE GECOTTI PE - Urban Innovative Actions Permanent Sectretariat
Duration: September 2019 - October 2019

The impacts of metropolitan regions on their surrounding areas

Metropolitan areas are ‘engines’ of European economic development. They have various functional links with their surrounding areas. These may imply positive and negative spill-over effects between the areas concerned. But what are these links and effects and how can they be measured? A File Note, contracted by the European Committee of the Regions, investigated this. It showed the main characteristics of these links in general and through case studies. In the File Note, Spatial Foresight highlighted innovative ways of collecting statistical data on flows and also contributed with two case studies. These were the examples of the Frankfurt Rhine Main region and the Nantes - PETR Pays de Retz cooperation. The project was led by ÖIR.

 

You can download the File Note here.

 

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: September 2019 - October 2019

State of play and challenges of the EU policy framework on SMEs

Spatial Foresight contributed to the study on the "EU policy framework on SMEs: state of paly and challenges" commissioned by the European Committee of the Regions. Apart from contributing to the research on the added value of EU policies for SMEs, Spatial Foresight team members were responsible for carrying out the analysis of the proposals for EU programmes post-2020 with a view to their relevance on SMEs. Results of this study feed into further policy processes for the 2021-2027 programming period. The project was a cooperation of t33 (the lead partner), Spatial Foresight and ÖIR.

 

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: March 2019 - June 2019

Implementing a place-based approach to EU industrial policy

Spatial Foresight carried out two case studies on circular economy and its link to innnovation and new business and employment opportunities in a regional and local context, in the framework of the report 'Implementing a place-based approach to EU industrial policy strategy' for the European Committee of the Regions. The project was a cooperation of t33 (the lead partner), Spatial Foresight and ÖIR.

 

The final report can be found here.

 

Client: European Committee of the Regions
Duration: December 2018 - February 2019

EESC Circular Economy Strategies and Roadmaps

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is closely following the development of circular economy initiatives at the European level and has produced a number of opinions on the matter. Further, the EESC together with the European Commission initiated the circular economy platform https://circulareconomy.europa.eu/platform/ The platform aims to facilitate exchange and interaction among stakeholders of involved in the circular economy and to make the change to a circular economy happen faster to the benefit of all.

Spatial Foresight supported the EESC to further their knowledge and understanding concerning the state of the art of circular economy roadmaps and strategies in Europe. The specific objective of this project was to analyse differences and commonalities of existing national and regional Circular Economy strategies, and to identify potential for cooperation, by jointly analysing the state of the art of this type of strategies at the European level.

 

The final report of this study is available for download here.

 

Client: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Duration: November 2018 - May 2019

Territorial approach to SDG implementation

Supporting the European Committee of the Regions to produce an opinion reacting to the EU Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030 about the state of play of the SDGs, and the place of cities and regions in their implementation. t33 was awarded a contract for providing background information about the territorial aspects of the implementationof the SDGs in the EU, with a particular focus on the type of involvement of regions and cities, the political leadership of such involvements, and multi-level goverance arrangements. Spatial Foresight contributed to the work with one case study and interviews.

The final report can be download here.

 

Client: European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
Duration: November 2018 - Decemeber 2018

ESPON Study on cross-border public services

The ESPON project on Cross-border Public Services (ESPON CPS), coordinated by Spatial Foresight, has been successfully completed. The project resulted in several publications available on the ESPON webpage - www.espon.eu/CPS. Based on European wide data collection on cross-border public services including all internal and external EU borders, the first inventory of such services has been developed covering nine policy fields. The process was driven by stakeholders from ten cross-border regions and the AEBR that allowed deeper insights into their development, challenges and solutions of cross-border public services. Together with these stakeholders new service developments were initiated in their cross-border areas addressing their individual service needs. The Final Report provides an overview of the EU inventory of cross-border public services, their rationales and benefits. Ten Case Study Reports show more in-depth insights into selected services in view of the actual solutions found. A Good Practice collection summarises the main features for about 30 existing services, which shows how challenges and solutions differ not only at different borders but between policy fields. Finally, a Practical Guide, developed together with practioners from the case study regions describes and structures the main steps towards developing cross-border public services for any of the policy fields addressed.

 

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: November 2017 - October 2018

Interreg Europe evaluation

Spatial Foresight, together with Technopolis and Eure Consult, carried out the intermediate evaluation of the Interreg Europe programme. The evaluation consisted of two separate lots. Lot 1 referred to the operational evaluation, and it addressed the efficiency and effectiveness of the programme structures and procedures to administer, implement and manage the programme.
Lot 2 focused on the results evaluation of Interreg Europe, and it tackled the progress made towards the achivements of the thematic specific objectives, and therefore the intervention logic of the programme.

 

Client: Technopolis France
Duration: May 2018 - December 2018

EU - CELAC Cooperation on Territorial Cohesion

Spatial Foresight was 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 was 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) benefited 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 were invited to offer their knowledge to the LATAM regions and to exploit opoortunities for new cooperations.

 

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

Assessing the use and impact of specific additional allocation to outermost regions

Spatial Foresight was awarded a contract by DG REGIO under the multiple framework contract for a study to trace the use and impact of the specific additional allocation for the outermost regions. The study aimed at gathering spending data from Operational Programmes funded by ERDF, ESF and YEI in all European outermost regions and evaluating the possibility to develop an additional allocation in the ESF. Such an allocation is already provided by ERDF to offset costs related to the outermost situation. Spatial Foresight cooperated with t33, SWECO and IGOT for this study.

 

Client: DG REGIO
Duration: December 2017 - September 2018

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) provided 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 have been 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 particularly worked on quality control, policy conclusions and the spatial planning and territorial governance system in Luxembourg. The study was 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

Administration cost and burden in the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

Spatial Foresight has contributed to a project for DG Regio under the multiple framework contract on adminstrative cost and burden in ESIF. The overall objective of this study was 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 compared 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 led the study, supported by t33 and a wide range of national experts.

 

Client: DG Regio
Duration: July 2017 - September 2018

Future common ESIF indicators

Spatial Foresight contributed to a study for DG Regio on the development of a system of common indicators for European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF) interventions. The study assesssed the possibility of expanding the current list of common output indicators and the feasibility of developing a list of common direct result indicators for post 2020 ERDF and CF interventions.  Besides Spatial Foresight, the team includes t33, ÖIR, SWECO, Berman Group, Nordregio and a broad network of national experts.The final report of the study can be found in the following links:

Development of a system of common indicators for European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund interventions after 2020 - Part I – Thematic Objective 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 Development of a system of common indicators for European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund interventions after 2020 - Part II – Thematic Objective 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11Executive Summary

 

Client: DG Regio
Duration: November 2017 - November 2018

DG Regio Multiple Framework Contract

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

  • impact assessments related to the future development of Cohesion Policy and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds),
  • studies assessing the impact of other European Union policies on economic, social and territorial cohesion,
  • studies related to the future development of Cohesion Policy and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) and
  • studies on administrative costs, administrative capacities, IT systems and fraud prevention and detection measures.

 

Client: DG Regio
Duration: 2014-2018

Simplification measures in the Cohesion policy proposals for 2021-2027 and impact of the CoR political work

Spatial Foresight assessed the impact of the political work of the CoR on simplification measures for Cohesion Policy. The assessment supports the CoR’s Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) in their preparation of a new opinion on the Common Provision Regulation proposal by the European Commission.

In preparation of this opinion Spatial Foresight assessed to what extent the previous opinions and recommendations have been taken on board in the proposed CPR as well as to what extent the new proposals for simplification affect local and regional authorities.

Spatial Foresight with support of t33 compared CoR opinions on this topic with the legislative proposals for Cohesion Policy 2021-2027.

 

Client: Committee of the Regions
Duration: July 2018 - September 2018

Assessment of the application of EGTC regulation

Spatial Foresight was awarded by DG REGIO to carry out the evaluation of the amended EGTC regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1302/2013). The project shedded light on the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, European added value and scope for simplification of the EGTC regulation as it is currently in place and was based on information collected in the framework of the recent EGTC monitoring report.

 

Client: DG REGIO
Duration: March 2018 - April 2018

Committee of the Regions EGTC best practices

Spatial Foresight has received a request from the Committee of the Regions to develop a best practice brochure of EGTCs. The brochure details selected actions undertaken by EGTCs including the obstacles encountered, addressed and solved to provide transferable information to other EGTCs in Europe. Best practices for different policy fields have been reviewed as well. Spatial Foresight has coordinated the project. Other partners involved in this assignment were ÖIR and t33.

The brochure with good practices can be downloaded here.

 

Client: Committee of the Regions
Duration: November 2017 - May 2018

European Investment Bank Service Contract

A team involving Sweco, Spatial Foresight, t33, Infeurope and EPRC supported the European Investment Bank (EIB) 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 targeted 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 services led to the establishment of the fi-compass platform. A one-stop-shop for EU Member States, Managing Authorities and other stakeholders involved in the set-up and implementation of ESIF financial instruments.

Spatial Foresight contributed in delivering services to assist the EIB on capacity building. Spatial Foresight was among others responsible for the succesful implementation of awareness raising events in almost all Member States of the EU as well as Fund specific events in a large number of EU Member States. In addition, Spatial Foresight contributed to the task of knowledge creation, for example with the drafting the coordination of case study research.

 

Client: European Investment Bank
Duration: 2014 - 2018

Areas of territorial cooperation

Spatial Foresight was awarded a targeted analysis on how to "think and plan in areas of territorial cooperation". The study took 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 intended 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, in a first step, identified examples comparable to the Swiss action areas. In a second step, the most relevant ones identified were 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 have been developed.

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

The final report can be downloaded on the ESPON webpage here.

 

Client: ESPON EGTC
Duration: December 2016 - December 2017

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 Foresight contributed to several tasks, in particular to the literature review, case studies and development of recommendations. The study was 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

Committee of the Regions EGTC Monitoring Report 2017

Spatial Foresight has received a request from the Committee of the Regions to develop the EGTC Monitoring Report 2017. Similarly to last year's report, the monitoring report 2017 will analyse 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 monitoring report 2017 is on the evaluation of the EGTC regulation. Spatial Foresight will coordinate the project. Other partners involved in this assignment are ÖIR and t33.

 

Client: Committee of the Regions
Duration: November 2017 - March 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 support policy makers in assessing the robustness and ‘future-proof’ of their policies.

More concretely, the objectives of this study were 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 was 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.

The final report of this project can be downloaded from the ESPON webpage.

 

Client: ESPON
Duration: April 2016 - October 2017

DG REGIO Study on administrative simplification

Spatial Foresight was part of a consortium lead by SWECO performing a study for DG REGIO. The study's objective were 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.

The study showed that Standard Cost Options (SCOs) are among the different instruments, the tool that mostly contributes to further simplification of ESIF. The full report can be downloaded from the Commission's webpage: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/docgener/studies/pdf/new_prov_simplification_esif_en.pdf

 

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

Use of SCO in ESIF

Spatial Foresight contributed to a study for DG Regio on the 'Use and intended use of Simplified Cost Options in ESF, ERDF, CF and EAFRD'. The objective of the study was twofold. First it carried 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 aggregated, process and analysed the data collected through the e-survey and formulate conclusions and recommendations. Spatial Foresight experts took part as national experts for a number of EU Member States in support of the e-survey implementation and analysis. The study was performed together with t33 and Sweco. The final report of the study can be downloaded here.

 

Client: DG Regio
Duration: July 2017 - January 2018

Territorial Impact of Brexit on European regions and cities

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

 

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

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 was 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

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

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.

 

 

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

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

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.

 

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

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