About the EMTM tool
The aim of this ESPON project is to develop a practical and operational ESPON European and Macro-regional Territorial Monitoring Tool to continuously observe the development trends and patterns taking place in Europe, its macro-regions, regions and cities. The tool should support European, macro-regional, national and regional policy makers and other stakeholders with territorial information, data, maps, graphs, analytical features and short reports. By reading and interpreting the quantitative statistical information in the light of policy objectives and aims, the results of this activity shall help policy makers to monitor development trends and policy performance, identify development opportunities and territorial challenges, as well as better understand the diversity and position (benchmarking) of regions and cities in the heterogeneous European context.
In order to improve the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the policy making processes, monitoring and evaluation has a strategic role to play. The stronger political focus on the territorial dimension in various policies and strategies on one hand and the improved knowledge of territorial structures, trends and scenarios generated by ESPON on another, highlight the needs as well as the opportunities to create a monitoring platform that can provide and promote territorial information and evidence in relation to European and macro-regional policy orientations and objectives on a regular basis.