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Christiaan van Lierop

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EPRS workshop: early career researchers discuss the role of research in policy-making

While regular contact with researchers, academics and the broader policy-making community is part of our core business at the EPRS, it is always a particular pleasure to meet with PhD students and young researchers who are experts in regional policy. Continue reading

EPRS at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019 – empowering through knowledge

Drawing over 6 000 participants to Brussels for four days of discussion and discovery from 7 to 10 October 2019, the European Week of Regions and Cities is the world’s largest annual gathering of local and regional representatives. Continue reading

EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Regional policy [Policy Podcast]

The principal aim of the EU’s regional policy, also known as cohesion policy, is to address the territorial, social and economic imbalances that exist between the different regions of the EU. Continue reading

EPRS workshop: the view of early career researchers on the EU’s post-2020 cohesion policy proposals

Outreach with experts and the wider policy-making community represents a key part of our work here at the EPRS. That’s why we were delighted to be involved once again in the organisation of a specialist workshop as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities’ Master Class for early career researchers, which took place in Brussels from 8 to 11 October 2018. Continue reading

EPRS at the European Week of Regions and Cities – empowering through knowledge

Organised under the headline of ‘For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020’, the 16th European Week of Regions and Cities will place a strong emphasis on the current negotiations on the 2021-2027 cohesion policy framework, as well as focusing on such key issues as growth and regional development, the territorial impact of globalisation and digital transformation, and the regional dimension of climate change, as well as education, culture and youth. Continue reading

Mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context [EU Legislation in Progress]

Often isolated, and with generally poorer access to public services, the EU’s border regions face a unique set of challenges. This has been recognised under Article 174 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which provides that particular attention should be paid to cross-border regions when developing action to strengthen the EU’s economic, social and territorial cohesion. Yet while the EU has provided significant support over the years, particularly within the framework of European territorial cooperation, helping to strengthen connectivity and create new growth and jobs, numerous obstacles continue to hamper cross-border cooperation. Continue reading

Integrated territorial investment – Implementation and future prospects

An optional territorial development tool, integrated territorial investments (ITIs) make it possible to combine resources from the European Social Fund, European Regional Development Fund or Cohesion Fund under priority axes of one or more operational programmes. Continue reading

Empowering through knowledge: EPRS organises workshop at EWRC masterclass

The European Parliamentary Service is associated with this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities, the world’s largest annual event on local and regional development. Continue reading

EPRS: helping you prepare for the EWRC

As the world’s largest annual get-together of local and regional experts, the 2017 European Week of Regions and Cities is without a doubt ‘the place to be’ for the EU’s regional movers and shakers. Continue reading

EPRS: supporting this year’s EWRC

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the European Week of Regions and Cities has grown to become Europe’s largest annual get-together of local and regional representatives, drawing several thousand participants from across Europe to four days of workshops and debate. Continue reading

EU response to the Caribbean hurricanes

The scenes of devastation caused by recent hurricanes in the Caribbean are a stark reminder of the destructive force of nature. As residents struggle to rebuild their lives following the passage of the latest storms, attention turns to the relief efforts. The EU can help through emergency humanitarian assistance and a variety of funding mechanisms, depending on the status of the territories concerned and their relationship with the EU. Continue reading

Structural funds – Investing in people [What is Europe doing for its citizens?]

Written by Christiaan van Lierop, Accounting for over one third of the EU’s budget, structural funds (ESIF) have helped to transform Europe. From motorways to wind farms, airports to urban regeneration schemes, structural fund investments are a tangible expression of the EU’s promise to develop infrastructure and generate economic growth. Yet beyond these very visible … Continue reading

Promoting development in the outermost regions [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Christiaan Van Lierop, Located far from the European continent and with regional gross domestic product well below the EU average, the EU’s outermost regions – the Azores, the Canary Islands, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Madeira, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion and Saint-Martin – face many challenges to development, owing to factors such as climate or economic … Continue reading

Increasing partnership in cohesion policy [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Christiaan Van Lierop, The partnership principle lies at the very heart of the EU’s cohesion policy. A process involving public authorities, economic and social partners, and civil society, partnership reinforces the legitimacy of EU policymaking and, by increasing ownership of the policy on the ground, can help to communicate the results of EU … Continue reading

EPRS and the 2016 European Week of Regions and Cities

Written by Christiaan van Lierop, The European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) this October is a unique opportunity for regions and cities to showcase their achievements in implementing cohesion policy. Organised jointly by the European Commission’s DG for Regional and Urban Policy and the Committee of the Regions, Europe’s largest gathering of local and … Continue reading

Cohesion policy and the integration of migrants in urban areas

Written by Christiaan van Lierop, With migration largely an urban reality, the successful integration of migrants in our towns and cities is of key importance if Europe is to find a long-term solution to the migrant question. The EU’s cohesion policy can provide support for countries in this area through investments under the European Social … Continue reading

EU Cohesion: How can EU regions meet the demographic challenges?

A short report from the roundtable discussion on the demographic challenges facing Europe’s regions, held at the European Parliament Library Reading Room on Tuesday 6 September 2016. Continue reading

Urban Agenda – State of Play [Policy Podcast]

Written by Christiaan van Lierop, Towns and cities are a core part of the fabric of Europe’s landscape and many of the policy challenges facing Europe have a disproportionate impact on urban areas. These range from issues such as social exclusion and migration to climate action and environmental deterioration. Crucially, however, Europe’s towns and cities … Continue reading

7th European Summit of Regions and Cities

Written by Christiaan van Lierop, Every two years, the European Committee of the Regions organises an event bringing together politicians from across all levels of European government: the European Summit of Regions & Cities. For the members of Europe’s wider political family, Bratislava, Slovakia, is without a doubt the place to be on 8 and … Continue reading

Launch of an Urban Agenda for the EU

Written by Christiaan van Lierop, Our towns and cities are home to nearly three quarters of the EU’s population and most EU policies concern them, be it directly or indirectly. Within the EU, a shared vision of urban development has gradually taken shape at inter-governmental level. At the same time there have been increasing calls … Continue reading

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