The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Publication New Instruments for Financing Sustainable Regional and Urban Development

CLLD and ITI in Practice as a Contribution towards the Implementation of the Territorial Agenda 2020

Editor: BBSR Series: BBSR-Online-Publikation Issue: 15/2015 Published: December 2015 ISSN: 1868-0097 URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201602091861


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Sustainable regional and urban development is feasible since the beginning of the EU Structural Funding period 2014-2020 in addition to traditionally funded projects promoting economy and employment. Cities and regions may achieve supplementary funds for projects by using new financial instruments. These new instruments are CLLD (Community-Led Local Development) and ITI (Integrated Territorial Investment), widely unknown in Germany. The allow regions and municipalities to combine various funds of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds). This integrated approach contributes to implement the Territorial Agenda 2020.

The publication analyses and documents the application of these instruments on the basis of case studies in Germany and the European Union. Interviews with local partners illustrate the grand added value of the new types of financing for sustainable urban and regional development.

Project management (principal)
André Müller, BBSR ( )

Edited by
DSN - Connecting Knowledge, Kiel
Ralf Duckert, Daniel Klose, Ines Kröger



  1. Introduction
  2. Subject Background
    2.1 Territoriale Agenda 2020 (TA 2020)
    2.2 Community-Led Local Development (CLLD)
    2.3 Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI)
  3. Summarised Results of the Feasibility Study
    3.1 CLLD in the German Federal States

    3.2 CLLD in the EU Member States
    3.3 Motivations for the Implementation of CLLD
    3.4 Subject Focus of CLLD
    3.5 ITI in the German Federal States
    3.6 ITI in the EU Member States
    3.7 Motivations for the Implementation of ITI

  4. Case studies
    4.1 CLLD in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)
    4.2 CLLD in Fishing and Coastal Areas (Spain)
    4.3 CLLD in Cities (England)
    4.4 CLLD in Scheveningen, The Hague (Netherlands)
    4.5 Cross-border CLLD in Italy and Austria
    4.6 ITI "West Coast: Competence Region for Tourism and Energy", Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)
    4.7 ITI in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (Romania)
    4.8 ITI in Metropolitan Regions and Conurbations (Czech Republic)
    4.9 ITI in Flanders (Belgium)

    4.10 ITI in Large Cities (Finland)

  5. Bibliography

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Feasibility study helping to implement the Territorial Agenda 2020 for the 2014-2020 programming period

Status: Completed Project duration: December 2014 – November 2015

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