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Activity 1: Spatial Planning and Spatial Research - Projects

RePUS (2007)

Strategy for Regional Polycentric Urban System in Central-Eastern Europe Economic Integrating Zone

Client:  VATI Hungarian Public Non-profit Company for Regional Development and Town Planning (Budapest)
Partners:  Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning, CTU - Czech Technical University (Prague), Institute of Urban Development (Krakow), Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning (Ljubljana), Regione Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Bologna)

RePUS is a project running under the framework of the European Union Community Initiative INTERREG III B of the Central Adriatic Danubian South Eastern European Space (CADSES). The project addresses the problem of a more balanced and sustainable urban development, with the wide objective of building a Regional Polycentric Urban System (RePUS) that could contribute to strengthening an emerging Potential Economic Integrating Zone (PEIZ) in Central and Eastern Europe. Focus is given to the role of medium and small cities, and how to create a critical mass to sustain their regional development and competitiveness. The project covers the following objectives:


  1. Identifying the potentials of the regional urban systems including the functional roles and the urban hierarchy in the European spatial context.

  2. Identifying the dynamic medium-small Cities that could play as potential regional capitals for developing new functional integrating areas.

  3. Promoting the linkages between urban centres and rural areas, focusing on the role of the small towns.

  4. Promoting urban policy effectiveness and improving the institutional policy capacity within the ongoing decentralisation process.



RRG contributes to RePUS by identifying and analyzing the service areas of Functional Urban Areas (FUAs) based on the calculation of 45-minutes car travel time isochrones. In this, the analytical approach developed in ESPON project 1.1.1 was adapted to the RePUS countries. Particular attention was paid on overlapping and cross-border service areas, which offer specific potentials for regional development, but which also deserves particular attention due to specific challenges. Municipalities located in such areas were identified, and their population masses estimated. Based on overlapping service areas, Potential Integration Areas (PIAs) were identified which offer specific advantages for regional cooperations. The results of this analysis then represent one building block of an overall spatial vision for the RePUS countries forming broader development axes, cooperation and development areas.

 More on this topic
Futher Information:  Scientific coordinator Roberta Benini (Nomisma) or Carsten Schürmann for RRG.

Links on the web:  RePUS web page



Other projects in this field of competence:

Development indicator system for "good life" for the Lusatia (2020)
TeMoRi - Territorial Monitoring update and Regional Potential Index for the Baltic Sea Region (2016)
Value-added in renewable energy sector (2014 - 2015)
Serengeti Nationalpark (2014)
ESPON Matrices (2014)
SWOT Analysis of the South Baltic Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 (2013 - 2014)
HTTransPlan - Impact Assessment of Railway Tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn (2012 - 2013)
Atlas of Industrialisation in the New German Länder (2012 - 2013)
SUTMP Windhoek (2012 - 2013)
Service area analaysis for the City of Münster (Northrhine-Westfalia) (2012)
ESPON BSR TeMo - Territorial Monitoring for the Baltic Sea Region (2012 - 2014)
Service area analaysis for shopping centre in Düren (Northrhine-Westfalia) (2011)
LogMos II (2011 - 2014)
Assessment of Central Places in Bavaria (2010)
Study on Mountain Areas in Southern Norway (2010)
ESPON INTERCO - Indicators of territorial cohesion (2010 - 2012)
ESPON TRACC: Transport Accessibility at Regional/Local Scale and Patterns in Europe (2010 - 2012)
Regional Challenges in the Perspective of 2020 (2010 - 2011)
Status Report on the Establishment of the National Environmental Information Network Kuwait (NEIN) (2009)
TRACECA IDEA (2009 - 2012)
Western NIS (2009 - 2010)
AccBavaria (2008 - 2009)
Analysis of Nordic Labour Market Areas (2007)
Regional Disparities and Cohesion (2007)
ESPON Accessibility (2006 - 2007)
ESPON 4.1.3 (2006)
Accessibility Analysis of the Baltic Sea Region (2006)
FUNDING Infrastructure: Guidelines for Europe (2005 - 2007)
Northern Peripheral, Sparsely Populated regions in the European Union (2005)
SETI (2005 - 2006)
AlpenCors (2004 - 2005)
FOPS 73.319: Regional Impacts of Transport Infrastructures (2004 - 2006)
ESPON 1.1.1: The Role, Specific Situation and Potentials of Urban Areas as Nodes in a Polycentric Development (2002 - 2004)
ESPON 2.1.1: Territorial Impacts of EU Transport and TEN Policies (2002 - 2004)
Mountain Study - Analysis of mountain areas in Europe (2002 - 2004)
Via Egnatia: Motorway Case Study in Northern Greece (2002)
IASON: Spatial Impacts of European Transport Policies (2001 - 2004)
ILUMASS: Land Use and Transport (2001 - 2004)
Peripherality (2000)
Supply Quality of the Retail Sector – A Modelling Approach (1999 - 2000)
Ufo Working Group: The New Main Railway Station of the City of Dortmund (1999)
Quality of Life in European Regions (1996 - 2003)

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