Cross-fertilisation of Cohesion Policy and Spatial Planning

The ESPON-funded COMPASS II project, to which EPRC has contributed, has recently been finalised.  Among the main outcomes are a policy brief on cross-fertilisation between cohesion policy and spatial planning and a case study report focused on Czechia.

The policy brief draws on findings from a previous ESPON project – ESPON COMPASS project, 2018  – and on a broader ‘interactive dialogue’ with spatial planning and cohesion policy experts about experiences of cross-fertilisation in the 32 countries covered in the original ESPON COMPASS project.

This policy brief addresses the need to strengthen the territorial coordination of cohesion policy with other sectoral policies through a place-based approach. This could counter inefficient, less effective and sometimes counterproductive interventions. Drawing on real experiences across Europe, collected through the interactive dialogue in 2021, the policy brief analyses the state of cross-fertilisation across Europe, identifies the common factors that facilitate or hinder cross-fertilisation, and outlines practical steps that can be taken to enhance cross-fertilisation.

In particular, seven practical steps are proposed that may enhance cross-fertilisation in the short term. They could guide and accelerate the achievement of a more territorially sensitive and efficient Cohesion Policy. For each step, a summary of actions that will facilitate cross-fertilisation is given. This provides a checklist for reflection on current practices and the design of initiatives according to local conditions.

All related outputs of the project can be found here.

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