Spatial Planning Policies and the Integration Models as a Means for a Better Delivery of Services of General Interest

  • Špela Kolarič
  • Barbara Černič Mali
  • Naja MarotEmail author
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The provision of services of general interest (SGI) is governed by authorities at different levels. The changing role of public sector regarding SGI provision during austerity has particularly affected remote mountain and border areas, where economy, population ageing, dispersed settlements, and geomorphology hinder the SGI supply. To counter this, new integrated approaches for SGI provision should be sought. Hereby SGI integration models in 257 spatial planning and sectorial policy documents from five Alpine countries (Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, and Slovenia) were investigated to discover if and to what extent the integration is considered, and what challenges need addressing. Analysis shows the SGI integration in the Alpine Space is moderate, mostly occurring among health, telecommunication, social care, and basic goods sectors. Adapting the existing spatial planning policies could bridge the identified gaps, as some examined documents (e.g. transport, telecommunication) do not consider the SGI provision in spatial planning context at all.


Administrative level Alps Basic goods Co-operation Health care Integration Integration model Integrative planning Legislation National policy Provision of services Regional development Remote areas Social care Services of general interest Strategic spatial planning Strategies Strategy Telecommunication Transport 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Špela Kolarič
    • 1
  • Barbara Černič Mali
    • 1
  • Naja Marot
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Landscape Architecture, Biotechnical FacultyUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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