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N°26 | Transnational Urban Networks Economic Development (TUNED)

Overview Summary Objectives Outcomes Partners

Lead Partner Municipality Heerlen
Contact Person Mr. Frans P.M.Vonk
Position within organisation: Senior policy advisor
Telephone number : 00 31 45 560 5116/ 5115
Fax number : 00 31 455 603951
Email address :
Website :
Project type : Action oriented study with performing actors in th
Partners involved :
Relevant measure(s) : 1.1, 1.3.
Total eligible cost (€) 0
Summary Top
Focus is on (preferably) coherent attempts by various actors in cross-border urban networks to improve their (cross-border) economic performance, which so far for most of these networks is pretty bad, due to their geographically marginal location in the respective national urban systems. Comparative analysis of the spatial-economic structure of these networks and their recent development, is the basis for understanding measures with respect to cross-border education/training, labour market, knowledge centers’ cooperation, and institutional cooperation (Chambers of commerce, local authorities etc.), as well as the infrastructure situation of the respective urban networks
Objectives Top
To generate applicable cross-border measures improving the economic performance of (mostly smaller) national borders crossing urban networks. The exchange of experiences may help various actors in their own situation.
Outcomes Top
A. Specific applicable measures that will improve the urban networks’ economic performance, and thus contribute to diminish regional disparities. B. A better understanding of the economic functioning of cross-border urban networks and their economy by all actors involved (deeper involvement of civic society).
Partners Top
cities&regions transport&it water&flood risks nature&heritage seas&ports