Countries: Germany, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden
Border(s): Austria-Germany, Belgium-Germany, France-Germany, Germany-Netherlands, Germany-Poland, Germany-Switzerland, Belgium-Netherlands, Belarus-Lithuania, Belarus-Poland, Bulgaria-Greece, Denmark-Sweden, France-Spain-Andorra, Portugal-Spain, Finland-Russia, Hungary-Romania, Italy-Slovenia, Lithuania-Poland, Romania-Serbia, Hungary-Serbia,
Upper Rhine Conference, Euregio, Euregio Ems Dollard Regio, Eurorégion Algarve-Alentejo-Andalucia, Région Öresund, Eurorégion Danube-Kris-Mures-Tisa, Szczecin, Working Community of the Pyrenees, Tri-national Metropolitan Region of the Upper Rhine,
European programme(s):
- Economic development
- Natural and rural areas
- Legal instruments
- Observation
- Research and innovation
- Transport
- Cross-border governance
- Cross-border conurbations
- Spatial planning and development

Lead partner: Fundación tecnalia research and innovation (Spain)

ULYSSES is an experimental and innovative project supported by 18 European border and cross-border areas. Based upon a sound methodological approach, the targeted analysis is expected – as a first step – to establish high-quality and multi-thematic territorial analyses on six specific cross-border areas, which take into consideration future territorial challenges expressed in findings of the ESPON 2006 Programme and of the current ESPON 2013 Programme. The targeted analysis will realise 6 comprehensive and multi-thematic territorial analyses as main outcomes and will deliver to cross-border areas a “reference baseline” on ground of which new cross-border spatial development concepts can be elaborated and / or already existing ones can be reviewed and up-graded. The strategic result of this element of the targeted analysis is therefore to lay the basis for launching - both technically and operationally - more comprehensive cross-border spatial development planning processes. In addition the targeted analysis will elaborate 7 “data fact sheets” on the cross-border areas not covered by the six multi-thematic territorial analyses.


  • Alsace Region (Lead Stakeholder)
  • Regio Basiliensis
  • Regional Planning Board of the Middle Upper Rhine
  • Regional Planning Board of the Southern Upper Rhine
  • Prefectural Authority of Drama-Kavala-Xanthi
  • Regional Council of North Karelia
  • Government of Navarra, Department of Housing and Spatial Planning
  • Regional Development and Spatial Planning Commission of Alentejo – Spatial Planning and Land Management Direction
  • General Direction of Urbanism and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Building, Regional Government of Extremadura,
  • The Öresund Committee
  • Danube-Kris-Mures-Tisa Euroregion
  • City of Szczecin
  • EuRegio Salzburg-Berchtesgadener Land-Traunstein
  • Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Working Community of the Pyrenees
  • PI Nemunas Euroregion Marijampole Bureau
  • Ems Dollart Region

Project goals

This project aims at using applied research results from ESPON as a yardstick for decentralised cross-border spatial development planning.

Project duration

From September 2010 to July 2012

Total cost

349 682 €