Benchmarking cross-border cooperation – The role of successful border regions for territorial cohesion and the need for comparison, criteria and indicators of cooperation
This contribution elaborates on the idea of benchmarking cross-border cooperation in Europe. It highlights that border regions and cross-border cooperation play an important role within the discussion on Territorial Cohesion. Afterwards the concept of benchmarking is introduced and its application for cross-border cooperation in spatial development discussed. First ideas on possible criteria and indicators will be elaborated before proposing first steps towards a benchmarking of cross-border cooperation. It concludes with estimating the value of benchmarking for facilitating cross-border cooperation in order to support a harmonious development of border regions and Territorial Cohesion in Europe.