Briefing Paper No.4: ESPON and the EU Research Agenda

Title: Briefing Paper No.4: ESPON – A New Practical European Research Agenda for Territorial and Development
Publication Date: February 2010
Authors: Cliff Hague and Brendan Bartley
Summary: The paper reviews the new ESPON programme, covering the period 2007-2013, in terms of its contribution to the emerging territorial cohesion agenda of the European Union.  The paper also provides a synopsis of the evolution of EU policy from spatial planning in the late 1990s to the current emphasis on territorial development and cohesion.
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