Developing and Assessing Strategic Transnational Co-operation Projects

Eds.: Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS) / Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR), Bonn 2009

For the current programming period, the previous INTERREG Community initiative was transformed into the new objective on "European Territorial Co-operation". This development has also seen a modification to the ambition to foster transnational co-operation. In future, and to a much greater extent than was previously the case, transnational projects will have to meet the challenge of generating strategic benefits, as far as possible, for the entire co-operation area in question. These guidelines offer some orientation on questions relating to the character and significance of strategic transnational co-operation projects; they also indicate just how and why projects should be conceived from the outset in much more strategic terms.

This Special Publication is the outcome of the research project "Preparation of Strategic Transnational Co-operation Projects" (2006-2008) that was commissioned by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) and the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS) under the action programme "Demonstration Projects of Spatial Planning" (MORO).


Produced by Institute of Spatial Planning (contractor), Faculty of Spatial Planning, Dortmund University of Technology (authors)

Dr. Mark Fleischhauer (team leader contractor), Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Blotevogel

in co-operation with: Dieter Meyer Consulting GmbH, Oldenburg Marco Stüber, Dieter Meyer


Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, Bonn (client)

Brigitte Ahlke (team leader), Dr. Fabian Dosch, Dr. Wilfried Görmar,  Kerstin Greiling, Verena Hachmann, Jens Kurnol, Nicole Schäfer

free of charge available from:, reference: INTERREG IV B

(source: BBR

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