By Martin Ferry & Frederike Gross, 2005


Over time, territorial cooperation has evolved considerably as a significant aspect of Cohesion policy, encompassing activities that may be difficult to administer but which can yield important economic and political results, particularly in countries where traditions of cooperation across borders and between nations and regions are less developed. The purpose of this paper is to trace the development of territorial cooperation activities in the EU, review and assess the involvement of new Member States (NMS) and Candidate Countries (CCs) in these programmes thus far, and identify and explore the key issues arising from current debate on the future development of territorial cooperation activities within EU Cohesion policy.

By Papapostolou G., 2015


Territorial Cooperation has had an impactful presence in Southeast Europe for the last 20 years. In addition, Cohesion Policy instruments are constantly being refined and the new Programming Period is dawning over the Balkan Peninsula. Is Territorial Cooperation in the Balkans a driving force of regional integration and cohesion or does the region remain indifferent and unchanged? This work attempts to address the importance, if any, that Territorial Cooperation Programmes & Initiatives hold for South East Europe, to examine how these cohesive instruments change over time - and how that change impacts their capacity to respond to regional problématiques – and to identify how invested regional actors remain in Territorial Cooperation.

By Luxembourgish Presidency of the EU Council, 2015


The overall purpose of the present document is to provide background information for preparing a general discussion about potential design principles for Interreg VI in the time after 2020 and for starting a joint reflection on the long-term orientation of territorial cooperation up to 2040. However, a fruitful exchange on these matters can only take place if a good and also shared understanding exists for (1) the past experiences made with Interreg and (2) the major challenges which territorial cooperation is likely to face in a medium and long-term perspective.

By Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Ezcurra R., 2011


The global drive towards decentralization has been increasingly justified on the basis that greater transfers of resources to subnational governments are expected to deliver greater efficiency in the provision of public goods and services and greater economic growth. This article examines whether this is the case, by analysing the relationship between decentralization and economic growth in 21 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries during the period between 1990 and 2005 and controlling not only for fiscal decentralization, but also for political and administrative decentralization. The results point towards a negative and significant association between fiscal decentralization and economic growth in the sample countries, a relationship which is robust to the inclusion of a series of control variables and to differences in expenditure preferences by subnational governments. The impact of political and administrative decentralization on economic growth is weaker and sensitive to the definition and measurement of political decentralization.