Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

ESPON Territorial Reference Framework for Europe project


The European Policy Centre (EPC) in cooperation with MCRIT, Spatial Foresight and Politecnico Milano is carrying out an 18-month Applied Research Activity for the European Spatial Territorial Observatory Network (ESPON).

The overall aim of the ESPON project is to contribute to the intergovernmental process towards the preparation and adoption of a post-2020 Territorial Agenda, an action-oriented policy framework that supports cohesion in Europe by fostering both territorial and integrated policy development. This post-2020 Territorial Agenda is scheduled to be agreed during the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2020.

The main output of the project will be a consolidated and integrated Territorial Reference Framework for Europe, which will involve the creation of a long-term territorial development perspective, as well as the setting of realistic and achievable mid-term policy proposals (up to 2050). As part of this process, EPC activities will aim to identify how a stronger focus on territorial specificities could help improve the effectiveness of EU policies and funding tools, including the current debate on the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework.

For more detailed information about this Applied Research Activity please visit the project website

The EPC team for this project is composed of Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist), Alison Hunter (Senior Adviser to the European Policy Centre), Robin Huguenot-Noël (Policy Analyst) and Elma Durdevic (Research Assistant). For further information, please contact Robin Huguenot-Noël

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