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The ESPON EATIA: A Qualitative Approach to Territorial Impact Assessment

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This chapter presents the results of the European ESPON EATIA research project in which a Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA) methodology was developed for administrations in EU member states in order to inform their national positions in European draft directives’ negotiation processes. Rather than applying another EU-wide top-down quantitative modelling approach based on indicators, the EATIA project explored the possibility to use a qualitative bottom-up approach that is simple to perform and comprehend for regional and/or local stakeholders, and national administrations of the 27 EU member states. The project was conducted between 2010 and 2012 in a transnational manner, connecting four universities and ministries, responsible for planning from the UK, Portugal, Slovenia and the Netherlands. The main output of the project is a TIA framework (Fischer TB, Sykes O, Gore T, Marot N, Golobič M, Pinho P, … Perdicoulis A. Territorial impact assessment of European Draft Directives—the emergence of a new policy assessment instrument. Eur Plan Stud 23(3): 433–451, 2015), based on a process consisting of screening, scoping, assessment and evaluation, with possible techniques allocated to each of these stages, and proposed governance arrangements. Testing of the TIA framework on various EU directives (e.g. Natura 2000, SEVESO) has shown that the approach meets the expectations of experts, but its success to a large extent rests on the commitment of the governing stakeholders to engage with and contribute to the process.

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  • Territorial Impact Assessment
  • Qualitative approach
  • ESPON
  • public administration
  • directives

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Marot, N., Golobič, M., Fischer, T.B. (2020). The ESPON EATIA: A Qualitative Approach to Territorial Impact Assessment. In: Medeiros, E. (eds) Territorial Impact Assessment . Advances in Spatial Science. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54502-4_5

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