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Secondary Growth Poles and Territorial Development in Europe; Performance, Policies and Prospects (SGPTDE)
Start date: Jan 31, 2010, End date: Nov 30, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The settlement structure of the European territory can be described as a dense and polycentric urban pattern. Urban areas outside the largest cities have a relatively important weight in the urban and economic structure of the European territory and represent an important part of the European population. Therefore it is of great importance to better integrate them in the global economy and facilitate them better to contribute to even more economic growth and job creation. Secondary growth poles should be engines for regional development and might offer citizens a living environment at a lower cost. The specification asked this project to develop a common understanding of the opportunities and prospects for the territorial development of secondary cities. The key objective hence is to produce clear policy recommendations about the challenges and opportunities facing secondary cities in Europe, based upon robust analysis of a well founded evidence base. The project shall clearly identify, measure and explain: (i) the role of secondary cities; (ii) their actual and potential contribution to growth at European, national and regional level and (iii) the range of European, national, regional and local policies that have been adopted - and could be adopted in future - to maximise their potential contribution. The need for such practical advice will become increasingly important during the next decade as economic recession and fiscal problems threaten to undermine the real achievements made by many secondary cities in Europe during the recent period of sustained economic growth. There is a risk that economic and fiscal problems and the competition for scarce public and private sector resources may limit the growth of secondary cities and widen gaps between them and the capital cities. If their development is arrested by recession, the threats to a balanced territorial system across Europe will increase. So developing a good policy response during the difficult economic period ahead will be absolutely critical. Achievements: Reports:Final Report PDF Final Report - Executive Summary PDF Final Report - Scientific Report PDF Draft Final Report PDF Draft Final Report - Scientific Report PDF Draft Final Report - - Scientific Report (continued) and Annexes PDF Interim Report PDF Interim Report - Annex PDF Inception Report PDF Project Specification PDF
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