EU level



  • Author

    Sabine Zillmer, Christian Lüer, Maria Toptsidou (Spatial Foresight);

    Marcin Krzymuski (EGTC – Centre of Excellence, European University Viadrina);

    Erich Dallhammer, Max Kintisch, Bernd Schuh (ÖIR);

    Pietro Celotti, Alice Colin, Arta Preku, Nicola Brignani (t33);

    Bas Waterhout, Wil Zonneveld, Dominic Stead (Delft University of Technology)

  • Year of publication


  • Language

    English (EN)



European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation as an instrument for promotion and improvement of territorial cooperation in Europe


The study aims to assess the role of EGTCs in Cohesion Policy and in European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) in particular. This encompasses both participation as a beneficiary and the management or preparation of Operational Programmes (OP). Within this overall scope, the potential role of EGTCs in neighbourhood policy and outermost regions is also assessed, since these were objects of substantial interest prior to the regulation’s amendment in 2013. By taking into account the amended EGTC regulation, the study assesses the achievements of EGTCs to date as well as developing future-oriented conclusions.