European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion

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The European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion, briefly ESPON, is a programme under Objective 3 for European Territorial Cooperation of the European Regional Development Fund - Interreg.

The mission of the programme is to support policy development in relation to the aim of territorial cohesion and a harmonious development of the European territory. It (1) provides comparable information, evidence, analyses and scenarios on territorial dynamics and (2) reveals territorial capital and potentials for the development of regions and larger territories thus contributing to European competitiveness, territorial cooperation and a sustainable and balanced development.

The current ESPON 2013 Programme is carried through by 27 EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and the European Commission.

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