Cross-fertilisation of cohesion policy and spatial planning: ESPON Policy Brief

Vincent Nadin (Editor), K.I. Piskorek (Editor), Verena Elisabeth Balz (Editor), W.A.M. Zonneveld (Editor), P.A. Munoz Unceta (Editor), N.D. Georgieva (Editor), A.W. den Hoed (Editor), Zintis Hermansons (Editor), Gavin Daly (Editor)

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It is incumbent on governments at all levels to ensure that cohesion policy is efficient and helps deliver territorial cohesion. Spatial planning tools can play the key role in ensuring that in the countries and regions that receive cohesion policy funding the combined territorial impacts of cohesion policy and other sectoral policies are positive. However, the cross-fertilisation of cohesion policy and spatial planning is often very weak. Drawing on real experiences across Europe, this brief proposes seven practical steps that may enhance cross-fertilisation in the short term. They complement current trends and could guide and accelerate the achievement of a more territorially sensitive and efficient cohesion policy.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLuxembourg
Commissioning bodyESPON EGTC
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)978-2-919816-23-1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • cohesion policy
  • spatial planning


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