Operational Programme: 'ESPON'
ESPON: European Observation network on territorial development and cohesion
The European Commission approved an EU-wide co-operation programme on 7 November 2007 for the period 2007-2013.
The official name of the programme is: "ESPON Observation network of territorial development and cohesion". This programme involves Community support for all EU Member States under the European Territorial Co-operation objective. The total budget is around EUR 45 million, of which the ERDF provides EUR 34 million.
1. Purpose and aim of the EU investment
The ESPON 2013 Programme shall support policy development in relation to the aim of territorial cohesion and a harmonious development of the European territory. It shall provide comparable information, evidence, analyses and scenarios on framework conditions for the development of regions, cities and larger territories.
In doing so, ESPON shall be facilitating the mobilisation of territorial capital and development opportunities, contributing to improving European competitiveness, to the widening and deepening of European territorial cooperation and to a sustainable and balanced development.
To improve the knowledge of territorial development and cohesion, the ESPON programme will focus on applied research on territorial development, competitiveness and cohesion, targeted analyses based on user demand, creating scientific platform and tools, build on the knowledge already there and stimulate its dissemination.
The programme is structured around four thematic priorities.
Priority 1 addresses applied research on territorial development, competitiveness and cohesion, focusing mainly on territorial trends, perspectives and policy impacts.
Priority 2 focuses on targeted analyses based on user demand, by providing targeted analysis based on existing ESPN results to interested stakeholders.
Priority 3 targets scientific platform and tools by facilitating access to the data and maps through a web portal and creating tools to visualise data and regional dyanimcs.
Priority 4 aims to improve capitalisation, ownership and participation through creating awareness of the European dimension of territorial development and stimulating transnational activities.
3. Managing Authority:
Financial and Technical information
Operational Programme: 'ESPON'
Intervention TypeOperational Programme
Number of decisionC(2007)5313
Final approval date17/11/2007
Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Aplied Research Actions||17 317 512||1 924 000||19 241 512|
|Targeted Analysis||5 229 000||1 307 250||6 536 250|
|Scientific Platform and Tools||5 225 500||922 500||6 148 000|
|Capitalisation, Ownership and Participation||4 356 000||1 158 100||5 514 100|
|Technical Assistance||1 905 500||1 158 100||7 938 150|
|Total||34 033 512||6 469 950||45 378 012|
Managing authorityESPON Coordination Unit CRP HT - P.O. Box 144 L- 4221 Esch-sur-Alzette
Programme Manager ` Peter , Mehlbye Tel. : +352-545580-700 Fax. : +352-545580-701 E-mail. : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministère de l'Intérieur et de l'Aménagement du Territoire Direction de l'Aménagement du Territoire 1, rue du Plébiscite L- 2341 Luxembourg
Directeur Général ` Romain , Diederich