Regional Challenges in the Perspective of 2020: Regional Disparities and Future Challenges
The following analysis is part of a broader project of DG REGIO, which, together with the World Bank and the Bertelsmann Foundation, has set up the Regional Future Initiative, a network of experts looking at the future of regional trends. The objective of the network is to analyse and build a consensus on the future impacts of the key challenges that regions will face in the future and to elaborate and discuss possible responses. The output of the network should provide a basis for policy discussion and choices
in the coming years.
The potential impacts of globalisation, climate change, demographic change, energy risks and social risks on regional disparities in Europe and neighbouring countries have been explored under two
main hypotheses of fast and slow growth.