During the last ESPON seminar of this programming period ‘Territories Acting for Econmic Growth – Using territorial evidence to meet challenges towards 2020’ Bernd Schuh from OIR presented the final version of the web based territorial impact assessment tool (ESPON TIA Tool), which will be availible online at the ESPON web site by the end of this year. Both, the new design and the functionalities of the tool to assess territorial effects of any policy intervention have been shown. Several EU institutions (DG Regio, Committee of Regions) expressed their interest that territorial impact assessment shall become a compulsory element of political decision making in the future.

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