Regional development is a major tool to strengthen economic and social cohesion. ADE has developed specific expertise in EU cohesion policy over many years, particularly in the role of structural funds, which promote socio-economic development and strengthen territorial competitiveness at European and regional levels. Studies and evaluations conducted by ADE additionally cover regional integration policies and multi-level governance, both within the EU and in partner countries.
Further topics include regions with specific geographical features (insular, mountainous, and sparsely populated areas), necessary conditions for productive local capacity building, sustainable development and the improvement of basic services. Over the last ten years, ADE has led several studies and evaluations for EC/DG REGIO, including an ex-post evaluation of European Territorial Cooperation 2007-2013.