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European Territorial Cooperation

Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to the Process and Impacts of Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation in Europe

  • Eduardo Medeiros


  • Is the only book that focuses entirely on the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) process in Europe

  • Shows that the interest in border studies is increasing in Europe, and in many other parts of the world

  • Outlines that in the EU, 60% of the territories (NUTS3) are border areas, and 40% of its inhabitants live there


Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Eduardo Medeiros
    Pages 1-3
  3. Lessons from 30 Years of EU Territorial Cooperation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Bernard Reitel, Birte Wassenberg, Jean Peyrony
      Pages 7-23
    3. Erik Hagen, Bjørn Terje Andersen
      Pages 49-68
  4. Cross-Border Cooperation in the EU. A Success Story?

  5. Transnational Cooperation. A Cornerstone of European Spatial Planning?

  6. Future Scenarios for European Territorial Cooperation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Frédéric Durand, Antoine Decoville
      Pages 229-244
    3. Eduardo Medeiros
      Pages 245-265
  7. Eduardo Medeiros
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 267-269

About this book


This book fills an existing academic literature gap by providing a sound and synthetic analysis on the process of European Territorial Cooperation over the last 30 years. This follows from the support from the former EU INTERREG Community Initiative, since 1989, later transformed into the second main goal of EU Cohesion Policy, by 2007: European Territorial Cooperation - ECT.
In order to present the ECT process in a more comprehensive manner, and to be the main literature reference regarding this process in the decades to come, this book is divided into four different sections and 12 chapters. The first section summarizes the main impacts and added-value from ETC experiences while proposing the elevation of the ETC goals within EU Cohesion Policies. The second section addresses the older and most financed is the process of cross-border cooperation, and namely its impact in reducing border obstacles and supporting ever growing number of cross-border entities. The third section elaborates on the second most important ETC process (transnational cooperation) with a similar approach. Finally, a last section debates the future scenarios for this process in Europe.


European Territorial Cooperation Cross-Border Cooperation Transnational Cooperation EU Cohesion Policy European Spatial Planning Cross-Border Planning Macro-Regions EGTCs INTERREG Impact Assessment

Editors and affiliations

  • Eduardo Medeiros
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Estudos Geográficos(CEG)-IGOTLisbon UniversityLisbonPortugal

About the editors

Eduardo Medeiros is a Geography Professor and a Senior Researcher of the Centre for Geographical Studies (CEG) – Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning – Lisbon University.

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