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ESPON Programme

ESPON Programme
ESPON Programme
Mission and Objectives: 
The mission of the ESPON 2013 Programme is to: “Support policy development in relation to the aim of territorial cohesion and a harmonious development of the European territory by (1) providing comparable information, evidence, analyses and scenarios on territorial dynamics and (2) revealing territorial capital and potentials for development of regions and larger territories contributing to European competitiveness, territorial cooperation and a sustainable and balanced development”.
Formal Mandate: 
European Commission
The ESPON 2013 Programme, the European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion, supports policy development related to EU Cohesion Policy.
The actions carried through under the programme include different, however strongly interrelated operations: 1.Applied research on different themes of European territorial dynamics is the core business, providing scientifically solid facts and evidence at the level of regions and cities. These results make it possible to assess strength and weaknesses of individual regions and cities in the European context. The applied research is conducted by transnational groups of researchers and experts. 2.Targeted Analyses together with stakeholders is an important project type that makes use of ESPON results in practice. Stakeholders express their interest and ESPON provides a team of experts that carries through the analysis in close collaboration. Stakeholders then make use of the European perspective in results in policy considerations for their territorial context, in strategy development or other activities, that benefits development. 3.Scientific Platform development is supported by an ESPON Database project and actions dealing with territorial indicators and monitoring as well as tools related to territorial analyses, typologies, modelling and updates of statistics. 4.Capitalisation of ESPON results that includes media activities and different ESPON publications. Events such as ESPON Seminars and Workshops are regularly organised and a transnational effort in the capitalisation is ensured by a network of national ESPON Contact Points. 5.Technical Assistance, Analytical Support and Communication ensure the sound management of the programme and the ability of processing scientific output towards the policy level.
The Monitoring Committee is responsible for the overall strategic implementation, management and monitoring of the ESPON programme. For the ESPON 2013 Programme the Monitoring Committee is composed of one representative of each EU Member State (EU27) and one representative of each Partner State (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). Representatives of the European Commission participate as an advisory capacity.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    EU27 and Switserland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
    Societal Sector
    European programme adopted by the European Commission
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Within the programme a large number of projects are doing research on, amongst a lot others, the themes indicated above. One project is developing a database for storing and managing data delivered by the projects.
    Environmental application domains
    see above
    Primary Business
    research projects on the topics indicated above