Impacts and Benefits of Transnational Projects (INTERREG III B)

Forschungen 138, Ed.: Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS) / Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR), Bonn 2009

Despite the diversity of INTERREG projects and their wide distribution throughout the European member states, there are hardly any general insights concerning the long-term impacts or the lasting value of these projects. The essential reasons for this lie in the enormous thematic diversity of INTERREG, with the consequence that the follow-on effects of projects have been hardly possible to register within the scope of the ongoing evaluations. For this reason, the present study has set itself the objective of analysing in detail as wide a spectrum of INTERREG projects as possible in order to draw general conclusions about the sustainable effects of INTERREG.

The study is part of the research programme "Demonstration Projects of Spatial Planning". It is occasioned by the start of a new EU funding period that started in 2007. This period heralded a stronger focus on the part of EU policy as a whole - and with it the INTERREG programmes as well - on the goals of Lisbon and Gothenburg and, generally speaking, on a greater territorial integration within the EU.

Against this background, the research project has a purpose that is at once strategic and pragmatic: in analysing the impacts of INTERREG III B projects, it is not only a general research interest on the part of German national government that is in the forefront, but also the wish to design future INTERREG projects in such a way that their benefits can be improved in line with the reorientation of the EU funding policy and in line with a design interest on the part of German federal government in the various cooperation areas.


1. Summary

2. Introduction: motivation and task of the study

3.Concept and study structure

3.1 Evaluation and impact analyses

3.2 The method of examination: cooperative impact analysis

4. Findings of the impact analysis

4.1 Impact of INTERREG

4.2 Results according to impact areas

4.3 Benefits of INTERREG: what reaches the regions? 

5. Recommendations for action

5.1 Partnership

5.2 Programme level

5.3 Outlook

6 Literature

6.1 Thematic literature

6.2 Theoretical and process-analytical literature

Project Overview - Case Studies

Project List - Follow-Up Action


Responsibility for the text:

FORUM GmbH, Oldenburg (Contractor)

Dr. Michael Huebner (Direction), Christina Stellfeldt-Koch


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

Brigitte Ahlke (Direction), Dr. Fabian Dosch , Dr. Wilfried Görmar,                           Kerstin Greiling,  Verena Hachmann,  Jens Kurnol

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