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The ESPON 2020 Programme was adopted by the European Commission on 12 February 2015. It aims at promoting a European territorial dimension in the fields of development and cooperation by providing evidence, knowledge transfer and policy learning to public authorities and other policy actors at all levels.
ESPON 2020 shall continue the consolidation of a European Territorial Observatory Network and improve the provision and policy use of pan-European, comparable, systematic and reliable territorial evidence.
The objective of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme is to support the reinforcement of the effectiveness of the EU cohesion policy and other sectoral policies and programmes under the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) as well as of national and regional territorial development policies by producing, disseminating and promoting territorial evidence covering the entire territory of the 28 EU members states as well as the 4 partner states of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Primary target groups are the following:
In order to fulfil the strategy, mission and objectives of the ESPON 2020 Programme, two priority axes govern the Programme implementation:
The organisation of the Programme implementation along two priority axes is closely related to the establishment of a Single Beneficiary, the ESPON EGTC, which is to implement Priority Axis 1 of the ESPON 2020 Programme.
Priority Axis 1 covers a single thematic objective of the ETC regulation and follows the investment priority on enhancing institutional capacity and efficient public administration.
The five specific objectives that will guide the implementation of the ESPON 2020 Programme are as follows:
The total budget of the ESPON 2020 Programme amounts to 48,678,851.00 euros, the EU contribution is 41,377,019.00 euros.
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