Pilot Regions

The selection of regions to benefit from the activities was based on ensuring that we provide enough diversity to represent the different realities in terms of economic and social progress across Europe. Hence, a typology of regions that takes into account several aspects has been developed. The elements taken into account for the selection, were

  • The level of economic development, as measured by the level of GDP per capita in Purchasing Power Parity. A threshold of 75% of the EU average has been established for the last three years available in Eurostat (2014-2016).
  • The level of economic growth, as measured by the CAGR of GDP in euros in the last three years available in Eurostat (between 2013 and 2016).
  • While economic development and social progress are positively correlated, "at every level of economic performance there are opportunities for more social progress but also risks for less"[1]. Hence, a third element that has been considered while constructing the typology of regions. Using the information in the EU-SPI scorecards[2], it classifies regions according to whether the region outperforms, underperforms or is neutral relative to its economic peers, that is, the 15 regions closest in GDP PPP per capita in the compound EU-SPI). For every combination of GDP per capita (PPP) below and above the 75% threshold and below and above average EU average GDP growth it distinguishes the regions whose SPI performance is outstanding (in relative terms) from those that underperform.


[1] "The EU regional SPI: a measure of social progress in the EU regions. Methodological paper"

[2] Available at http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/information/maps/social_progress. The peers are chosen according to the GDP PPP per capita levels in 2011.


Bratislava Region


Slovakia is divided into 8 regions (higher territorial units), 79 districts and 2883 municipalities. The Bratislava Region, located in the south-western part of the country, is one of the administrative regions of Slovakia.

Bucharest-Ilfov (RO)


Bucharest-Ilfov (largest city: Bucharest) is located in the south of Romania and includes the capital Bucharest City and Ilfov county. In 2017, the population was at 2,287,347 inhabitants (Eurostat, 2018).

Catalunya (ES)


Catalonia is one of the 19 autonomous communities and cities of Spain. The Catalan Regional Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) has competences in matters such as Education, Housing (Shelter), Environment and Natural Spaces, Gender Policies, Health, Public Safety or Social Services, among others.

Centro (PT)


CCDRC – Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Centro is a regional agency of the Portuguese government that deals with environment, land use, urban planning and regional development in Centro Region of Portugal.

Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly (IE)

Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly

The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly is one of the three Regional Assemblies in Ireland (others: Southern Regional Assembly and Northern & Western Regional Assembly).

Eastern Slovenia (SL)


Slovenia has officially established a two-level territorial administrative division at national and local level (municipal) self-government.

Emilia Romagna (IT)

Emilia Romagna

Regione Emilia-Romagna is a NUTS 2 Administrative Region (ITH5). Its policy competences are both exclusives and concurrent with the central Italian Government.

Hungary (HU)


3 ministries are involved in the EU-SPI project: Ministry of Human Capacities, State Secretariat of Social Issues and Social Inclusion (responsible for social inclusion policy), Ministry of Finance, Department for Territorial Development (responsible for regional policy) and Ministry of Innovation and Technology, State Secretariat for European Union Development (responsible for the coordination of the planning of the Partnership Agreement and the Operational Programmes of the 2021-2027 programming period and the evaluation of the ongoing programmes).

Upper Norrland (city of Umea and region of Västerbotten) (SE)

Upper Norrland

Region Västerbotten main tasks and areas of responsibility are: Health care and dental care, Public health and social welfare, Public transport, Regional development and culture, Research, innovation and education, and Engaging in regional interests at national and international level.

Western Greece (EL)

Western Greece

Region deals with social issues mainly via the structural funds by ESF and ERDF. The legislative status in social matters comes from the central government.