Regional challenges in the perspective of 2020 - regional disparities and future challenges

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Regional Policy


The study aimed to improve our understanding of the role of key challenges such as globalisation, climate change, demographic change and migration, energy and social polarisation, play in generating and reducing spatial disparities in the European Union and neighbourhood countries. It focused on synthesising existing literature and bringing together experts to better understand the economic, environmental and social impact at regional (NUTS II) level.


December 2008 - September 2009

wiiw team Leader

Roman Römisch

wiiw Staff

Veronika Janyrova

Project Partners

Ismeri Europa

External Publications

Keywords: regional development

Countries covered: EU-27

Research Areas: Regional Development