Key factors for a successful territorial cohesion: cross-border cooperation – How can some EU instruments create a new geography?
Future of European cohesion policy is about to be prepared and discussed: concept of territorial cohesion is still crucial. This aim can only be achieved by the effective integrated development of the (inner) peripheral border areas. To serve this territorial continuity and connection better there are some innovative instruments for the planners and policy-makers.
The study demonstrates the position of border regions within the framework of EU development policies. Through the description of a special cohesion focused cross-border spatial planning methodology, it reveals the policy-driven opportunities and threats of (inner) European Union borderlands.
As a result of an innovative and efficient regional policy, the geography of border areas is changing very dynamically. The study also confirms how this social, spatial, economic, and political phenomena can be analysed by geographical methods and underpins the role and importance of geographers in this new European “space making” process.