Strategy for a Regional Polycentric Urban System in Central Eastern Europe Economic Integrating. Final report. Regional polycentric urban system. INTERREG III B


This Final Report is a condensed version of the main findings of the INTERREG III B RePUS that have been achieved during the two year project, on the basis of a common RePUS methodology by the six Partners Teams. This Report is a synthesis that aims at highlighting the main crucial and critical features of the urban settlement systems and their policy implications in Central and Eastern European countries. It will be a contribution to the ongoing debate at European level, about the search for a difficult balance between, on one hand, cohesion policy - where polycentric development vision is concentrated on small and medium-sized towns, and on the other hand, competitiveness policy, that primes the central role of the large metropolitan areas and capitals. The aim was to combine these two different approaches, proposing a positive vision that focuses on the great potential of small and medium-sized towns.