1.5 Significance of transnational and trans-border aspects

The ESDP (European Spatial Development Perspective) forms part of the EU's work on planning with the goal of reducing regional and national differences in development conditions. It includes a combination of planning types that have previously been separated in Sweden: planning and regional policy measures. The term "spatial planning" does not yet have a good Swedish translation. European co-operation is pushing development forward in Sweden. Supported by different EU funds such as Interreg IIIB, development work is taking place in several regions. On the Nordic level (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden), Nordregio exists as a centre for research and development and on the Swedish level the Centre for Spatial Development and Planning (CTUP) exists at Blekinge Institute of Technology.