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Proximity to neighbouring regions and/or the nearest MEGA may stimulate thoughts about possibilities for expanding territorial cooperation. However, thorough consideration should in particular be given to functional aspects and comparative strengths, which could be explored through territorial cooperation, being it in larger geographies and/or between MEGAs. Both complementarity and competition are important factors in shaping a spirit of cooperation between areas. A strategic choice of themes for cooperation is often defining where cooperation ends and competition prevails.

The European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) is set up to support policy development and to build a European scientific community in the field of territorial development. The main aim is to increase the general body of knowledge about territorial structures, trends and policy impacts in an enlarged European Union.


It could be argued that there is a special challenge in forming Global Integration Zones in various parts of Europe, with real scope to strengthen territorial cohesion. MEGAs in cooperation could be the driving force for such initiatives of territorial cooperation, creating growth and jobs. The spatial situation of specific territories such as islands, especially the small island nations of Malta and Cyprus, is significantly different from that of continental territories.

      

 

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