Panorama Inforegio No 34. Regional policy, an integrated approach. A 360 degree view.


'Integration', 'an integrated approach', 'integrated policy-making' - in this edition of Panorama we consider what lies behind the words. The interdependence of policies means that, for example, transport systems must not only cover passenger services but also take into account environmental factors such as energy efficiency, noise levels and air pollution. The effects of the recent economic crisis on the EU make the push for effective policy even more urgent. Against this backdrop, the Commission published its Europe 2020 Strategy, which enshrines the following goals: (1) Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation. (2) Sustainable growth: promoting a more resource-efficient, greener and more competitive economy. (3) Inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion.