Town Planning Review

Towards a European Territoral Cohesion Assessment Network: A bright future for ESPON?

Town Planning Review (2005), 76, (1), 81–92.

Abstract

The European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) has been redirected away from the voluntary, intergovernmental process of making and revising the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) towards a new-style EU territorial cohesion policy. The paper discusses the origins of ESPON, its set-up and prospects. It shows that, being in the driving seat, the Commission puts pressure on ESPON to produce results as and when needed. With a view to its future role in relation to EU territorial cohesion policy, maybe 'European Territorial Cohesion Assessment Network' (ETCAN) would be a more appropriate designation.

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Gestel, Ton van

Faludi, Andreas