The aim of this thesis is to show the impact of co-operation in selected regions on spatial development. Therefore two case studies will be discussed; the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and the Central European Region (Centrope).
The main focus in this thesis is based on co-operation approaches over national borders, the output of these co-operative efforts will be shown. These efforts should lead to a more coherent region, where disparities will be reduced. The European level will be discussed to give an understanding of how the EU influences co-operation and which impact the EU has on spatial development on the national, regional and local levels. Such impacts can appear from the European Spatial Development Perspective, European strategies like the Lisbon/Goteborg strategy, community initiative like Interreg, etc. After the EU level the regional levels will be discussed regarding the case study regions. There will be an overview of the most important organizations and co-operative efforts of each region. The working body, the main goals and the main work of the organizations and co-operation within the region will be shown. Special papers and projects which have an impact on spatial development will be discussed. The aim of the regional analysis is to get an idea of the impact of these superior organizations and networks in the region. After the analysis, recommendations for the regions will be made.