The journey


The twelve functional areas were selected out of a pool of fifty functional areas from eight member states that applied to be part of the project. This selection contains both more mature and incipient functional areas, as well as urban and non-urban functional areas.

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Meet the functional areas

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Selected Functional Areas



Starting from the understanding that functional area approaches in the EU need to be strengthened and the advantages that they trigger can’t no longer be untapped, the European Commission and the World Bank Group signed an administration agreement to improve functional area approaches in the EU. Both institutions have as priorities to reduce poverty and social exclusion and create competitive and sustainable economies, in consequence, direct interaction is beneficial to them and to the beneficiary countries. As such, the functional areas in the EU, crossing administrative boundaries for green transition and sustainable development project is of utmost importance for the future of territorial development in the EU.

Its main objective is to enhance the capacity of participating functional areas to plan and finance investments and services across jurisdictional boundaries for sustainable development.

Overall, this transactional exercise focuses on both urban and non-urban functional areas, with the aim to:

  1. offer support in addressing key development challenges;
  2. offer support in preparing for the 2021-2027 Programming Period;
  3. disseminate the key lessons learned, as well as tools and approaches developed within the project to other functional areas;
  4. develop a toolkit that other functional areas could use to strengthen their territorial approaches;
  5. organise knowledge exchange events in order to transfer findings and workable solutions to other interested functional areas in the EU.

Why Functional Areas?

Development dynamics rarely follow neat administrative boundaries. It can trigger positive spillover effects if aligned with existing economic flows into such areas.

The EU cohesion policy encourages the identification of and support to existing functional areas and the formation of territorial cooperation.

The role of the project is to enhance coordination and cooperation across administrative boundaries and develop an EU toolkit to overcome fragmentation.

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Are you living in one of the following functional areas: Brno Metropolitan Area, Zagreb Urban Agglomeration, West Athens, Lake Balaton Area, Kalisko-Ostrowska Agglomeration, Metropolia Krakowska, Jiu Valley and Jiu Conurbation, Caraș-Timiș Functional Area, Cluj Metropolitan Association, Oradea Metropolitan Area, West Ialomița Area, Trencin?

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If you represent one of the above-mentioned functional areas, or any other functional area in the European Union, use the “FAs Network” button to join a newly created network to create synergies, learn from each other, and improve functional area approaches inside the EU by exchanging knowledge.

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