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Atlas of Challenges and Opportunities in European Neighbourhoods

  • Provides a macro-regional overview of the areas that surround the European Union

  • Presents key territorial analysis and explores such essential issues as security and energy procurement

  • Shows that territorial integration offers more opportunities than threats

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Political Context, Conceptual Framework

    • Pierre Beckouche
    Pages 1-18Open Access
  3. Presentation of the European Neighbouring Space

    • Pierre Beckouche, Karine Emsellem, Gilles Van Hamme
    Pages 19-79Open Access
  4. Northern Neighbourhood: Climate Change and Concern for International Common Goods

    • Lisa Van Well, Johanna Roto, Julien Grunfelder
    Pages 81-92Open Access
  5. Eastern Neighbourhood: Territorial Cooperation Implies a Common Energy Strategy

    • Vladimir Kolossov, Lisa Van Well
    Pages 93-127Open Access
  6. Western Balkans: Deep Integration with EU Relies on Internal Integration

    • Emmanuelle Boulineau, Antoine Laporte, Clément Corbineau, Charlotte Aubrun, Byron Kotzamanis, Goran Penev et al.
    Pages 129-150Open Access
  7. Mediterranean Neighbourhood: The Key Triptych Energy-Water-Agriculture

    • Myriam Ababsa, Pierre Beckouche, Nidhal Ben Cheikh, Yinon Cohen, Ghaleb Faour, Jane Hilal et al.
    Pages 151-180Open Access
  8. Orientations for Territorial Cooperation

    • Pierre Beckouche
    Pages 181-194Open Access
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 195-198

About this book

This atlas provides a macro-regional overview of the areas that surround the European Union, from the Sahara to the Middle East, Western Balkans to European Russia, Turkey to the Arctic. Detailing key socio-economic data as well as developmental trends, the maps provide a comprehensive territorial analysis at a local scale and explore the potential for regional integration and cooperation. These pioneering maps examine challenges that threaten this wide, yet inter-connected, region, including environmental concerns in the North, political unrest in the East, social factors in the Western Balkans, and the upheaval in the Mediterranean since the Arab spring. Coverage investigates such key countries and areas as Libya, Israel, Palestine, Syria, and the Ukraine as well as explores such essential issues as Europe’s energy procurement. In addition, it also presents a comparison with other world regions such as East Asia and North America.
In the end, readers discover that territorial integration faces many shortcomings, but that deep regional cooperation would be a key driver for the EU’s sustainable future. This atlas features the main results of the “Integrated Territorial Analysis of the Neighbourhoods” research project undertaken by ESPON (The European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion). It provides scholars; local authorities and NGOs involved in cross-border cooperation; companies interested in energy, agriculture, water, transportation and communication; and interested readers with key insights into this important region.


  • European neighbourhoods
  • Territorial cooperation
  • Macro-regional analysis
  • Deep regional integration between Europe and its neighbours
  • Europe energy procurements issue
  • European Neighbourhood Policy
  • world regional geography

Editors and Affiliations

  • Scientific Council of the International, Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France

    Pierre Beckouche

  • Paris Diderot University, CNRS, International College, Paris cedex 13, France

    Pierre Besnard

  • Paris Diderot University, CNRS, International College of Territori, Paris cedex 13, France

    Hugues Pecout

About the editors

Pierre Bekouche is Professor at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, of which he has headed the Faculty of Geography from 2000 to 2005. His researches deal with economic and regional geography. Another area of research is the link between identity and territories. He has worked for local authorities, the French State Secretariat for Planning, French ministries, the European Union. His actual work is focused on the European space and the limits of the European region. Specialised in the Euro-Mediterranean area, he has long been the scientific adviser of the Institute for Economic Prospective of the Greater Mediterranean ( He is the Scientific Coordinator of the European ESPON “ITAN” project (Integrated Territorial Analysis of the Neighbourhoods). He chairs the Scientific Council of the “Collège International des Sciences du Territoire”. The CIST’s goals are helping federate interdisciplinary research units dedicated to territories, develop interaction between research and training, and interaction between researchers and practitioners of territorial development. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Atlas of Challenges and Opportunities in European Neighbourhoods

  • Editors: Pierre Beckouche, Pierre Besnard, Hugues Pecout

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2016

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-28520-7

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-80369-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-28521-4

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIII, 198

  • Number of Illustrations: 110 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Geography, Regional Geography, Political Science, Economic Geography

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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