ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 ESPON 2020 Open!


The objective of the the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme is to support the reinforcement of the effectiveness of EU Cohesion Policy and other sectoral policies and programmes under European Structural Investment (ESI) funds as well as national and regional territorial development policies, through the production, dissemenation and promotion of territorial evidence.

The purpose is to contribute to a Cohesion Policy that has the maximum effect in supporting the Europe 2020 Strategy, strengthening the capacity of the EU economy to grow, innovate and generate employment, and to deliver a positive and lasting impact in promoting territorial cohesion and harmonious development across EU regions and Member States. Support to national and regional authorities in contributing to the Europe 2020 Strategy and to territorial cohesion is an inherent part of the Programme.


  • Specific Objective 1: Enhanced production of territorial evidence through applied research and analyses.
  • Specific Objective 2: Upgraded knowledge transfer and use of analytical user support.
  • Specific Objective 3: Improved territorial observation and tools for territorial analyses.
  • Specific Objective 4: Wider outreach and uptake of territorial evidence.
  • Specific Objective 5: Leaner, and more effective and efficient implementation provisions and more proficient programme assistance.

In order to fulfil the strategy, mission and objectives related to the ESPON 2020 Programme, two Priority Axes will govern the programme implementation:

  • Priority Axis 1: Territorial Evidence, Transfer, Observation, Tools and Outreach
  • Priority Axis 2: Technical Assistance (TA)

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 48,68 Million EUR (Global Budget)

Further information about the programme

Useful documents

Official webpage of the programme