Together with the Spanish partner AIDICO, ÖIR developed the ESPON TIA Web Application, a tool for assessing the spatial impact of EU-regulations. Besides the translation work of the already existing ESPON ARTS Quick Check into a user-friendly online web tool, regional sensitivity indicators were updated and a cartographic function for cartographic illustration of territorial impact was integrated. Interviews with relevant indicators were used to identify important characteristics and functions of the tool – the findings guaranteed the integration of major improvements.
The online tool has been tested in many workshops and events – both in Vienna and Brussels – and offers the possibility of illustrating the impact of EU policies for European regions in the fields of economy, environment and social issues. The tool is usually applied during an intensive workshop session and is based on an expert discussion. The ESPON TIA Web Application is freely available from the ESPON Website: http://tiatool.espon.eu/tia/