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Module Regio: Regional Profile

Regional Profile

Divided into 7 categories, this module supports the elaboration of the regional profile of a target region if set out in the RI project profile or the elaboration of regional profiles of candidate regions to be used in the site selection process for large-scale European RIs in case of competing sites. The regional profile, being an input to the impact assessment that follows, is described by a set of factors rather than indicators. The module is devised to be applicable to a large variety of regional environments with very different characteristics that may be found in Europe, regions that can offer completely different opportunities for new developments and the creation of benefits, but that show also differences in the availability of information and require the use of distinct information sources. For this reason the methodology has been designed comprehensive enough in order to account for various possible developments and benefits and flexible enough in the use of methods and data sources to ensure availability of and access to relevant information in studies on different regions. The required information is mainly collected through document analysis and face-to-face interviews with experts. For the most part the collected information is presented in a descriptive way and could be supported by quantitative data.