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The spatial impact of European Union policies

Project ID: 1991
Funded under: FP5-JRC


The overall aim of this report is identify the role, challenges and requirements emerging from the increasing geographical dimension of EU policy. The report contains three main elements:
- identification of EC Directives relevant for geographical information (GI)
- collection and comparative analysis of the Directives
- synthesis and comment on their relevance for a European GI framework.

The report reviews the main areas of policy that have a strong spatial dimension, namely environmental, agricultural, regional, and transport policy, with a particular attention paid not only to the spatial impacts but also to the needs implicitly or explicitly stated in these policies for geographical information to assess needs, formulate policy, monitor its implementation, and evaluate its effectiveness.

Among the key issues highlighted by the report are:
- a shift to a more integrated approach to policy where interactions and cumulative effects are assessed;
- the emergence of spatial planning at the regional level as a powerful framework for evaluation of impacts;
- the importance of geographic information to assess needs, target intervention and monitor effectiveness;
- the need to remedy current deficiencies in harmonised, consistent datasets and indicators at the appropriate geographic scale and time series.

Additional information

Authors: CRAGLIA M, Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield (GB);ANNONI A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20121 EN (2001), 36pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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