"The project integrated the strategies of competitiveness and sustainability into the polycentric vision of the ESDP. According to the project findings, a region is considered to be polycentric, cohesive, competitive, and sustainable when the following characteristics apply to it or when it is considered to be capable of developing these characteristics:
A competitive market which uses internal and distinguished development factors, in respect of rules (governance) to grant environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability.
The availability of key resources useful for business vitality and innovative factors acting in a stable social system.
The ownership of co-operative and subsidiary managerial capabilities, to inspire confidence towards the institutions.
The capability to produce in a stable way the maximum possible added value (economic competitiveness) in the territory, enhancing at the same time the resources through local co-operation (social competitiveness).
Environmental values distinctive of the territory itself, whose active protection is granted by a renewable use of natural resources and wealth (environmental competitiveness).
A high level of co-operative internal capacities, measurable in the ranking assigned by globalisation (political competitiveness).