cohesion policy

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EU budget for growth and employment – In Focus

The EU has recently set its budgetary priorities for the next seven years, adopting the 2014-20 Multiannual Framework Programme (MFF). Two briefings present the key points of the agreement and its flexibility provisions allowing some additional room for maneuver in multi-year planning to promote growth and to fight unemployment. Overall, the 2014-20 MFF allocates up … Continue reading

EU Cohesion Policy 2014-20

6 language versions available in PDF format Kohäsionspolitik der EU 2014 2020 Política de Cohesión de la UE 2014-2020 Politique de cohésion 2014-2020 de l’UE Politica di coesione dell’UE 2014-2020 Polityka spójności UE na lata 2014–2020 EU Cohesion Policy 2014-20 The EU’s Cohesion Policy provides the framework for a wide range of programmes aimed at … Continue reading

The (low) absorption of EU Structural Funds

At present, the European Union (EU) faces the difficult task of exiting the economic crisis while achieving the transition to a more dynamic and competitive economy. Cohesion policy and its Structural Funds are one of the main EU instruments to sustain economic growth, while reducing disparities between regions. These funds are allocated to Member States … Continue reading

EU macro-regional strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)

Updated October 2014 The European Council endorsed the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) (on 24 October 2014) and called on all relevant actors to implement it without delay, as outlined in the Council conclusions of 29 September 2014. This strategy builds on the Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas … Continue reading

Hard Times and what the EU is doing about them? Cohesion Week on the Library Blog

EU Regional Policy – aiming for economic growth and social cohesion How does the EU promote economic growth and social cohesion and reduce levels of disparity between EU regions? EU cohesion policy attacks on all fronts: targeting energy efficiency, improvement in transport and internet links to far-flung regions, promoting e-health and innovation, and tackling measures … Continue reading

European Union’s macro-regional strategies

The European Commission has published its report on EU’s macro-regional strategies. It aims to ‘clarify the concept of macro-regional strategies and to evaluate their value added’.  The report and its accompanying document   were submitted to the Council and to the European Parliament in July 2013. Currently, the European Union is implementing two macro-regional strategies: the EU Strategy for … Continue reading

The EU Strategy for the Atlantic Area

The Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy in the Atlantic Area, published in May 2013 by the European Commission, sets out four priorities for research and investment in the eligible regions of  the five Member States (United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Portugal and Spain) participating to the Atlantic Area programme to drive the ‘blue economy’ forward in this … Continue reading

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region: two years on

Two years after the launching of EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the European Commission has released the first progress report. The report provides information on the achievements so far for the 4 pillars and the 11 priority areas: Connecting the Danube Region, Protecting the Environment, Building Prosperity and Strengthening the Danube Region. It includes … Continue reading

Effects of budgetary constraints for regional and local authorities regarding the EU’s Structural Funds expenditure in the Member States

The economic and sovereign debt crisis has had a great impact on local finances, discouraging investments and compromising the future economic growth of the regions as it is emphasized in a study committed by the Committee of the Regions (CoR). Moreover, the surge of public expenditure led to a fiscal crisis, which exposed the regulatory … Continue reading

Towards a Macro-Regional Strategy for the Alps

The European Council of 19-20 December 2013  invited the Commission, in co-operation with the Member States, to elaborate an EU Strategy for the Alpine Region . The deadline for presenting a proposal is mid-2015. The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region will involve 7 countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland. The main … Continue reading

Smart specialisation

The smart specialisation concept comes from a strategic reflection carried out between 2006 and 2009 by a group of experts at European level called “Knowledge for Growth”. They concluded that the productivity gap between Europe and the United States was derived from a lower economic and technology specialisation, as well as a lower capacity to … Continue reading

Business relocation in the EU

Businesses continuously relocate for three main reasons: improved access to markets, lower costs and better skills. There are many factors that need to be looked at in comparing locations. Some of the main ones are labour (costs, availability, productivity and skills), the infrastructure (communication, transport….), the legal, polit­ical and reg­ulatory environment, the size of the … Continue reading

The future of the European Union Solidarity Fund

6 language versions available in PDF format Die Zukunft des Solidaritätsfonds der Europäischen Union El futuro del Fondo de Solidaridad de la UE L’avenir du Fonds de solidarité de l’Union européenne Il futuro del Fondo di solidarietà dell’Unione europea Przyszłość Funduszu Solidarności Unii Europejskiej The future of the European Union Solidarity Fund Over 11 years, … Continue reading

Growth and sustainable urban development

6 language versions available in PDF format Wachstum und nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung Crecimiento y desarrollo urbano sostenible Croissance et développement urbain durable Crescita e sviluppo urbano sostenibile Wzrost oraz zrównoważony rozwój obszarów miejskich Growth and sustainable urban development Two-thirds of the EU population live in urban areas where environmental, economic, demographic and social challenges are amplified. … Continue reading

Economy of the EU regions

The territory of each Member State (MS) is divided into regions under the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) classification. It is a geographical nomenclature for collection and harmonisation of statistics and for socio-economic analysis. There are three NUTS levels; the first one, major socio-economic regions, the second one basic regions for the application … Continue reading

Audition d’experts sur les synergies entre la future Politique de Cohésion et Horizon 2020

L’audition d’experts du 29 mai 2012, co-organisée par la Commission du développement régional (REGI) et la Commission de l’ industrie de la recherche et de l’énergie (ITRE), a eu pour objet de mieux identifier les principaux défis à relever dans les prochaines années en vue d’améliorer les synergies entre le nouveau programme cadre de recherche … Continue reading

Future of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation

The European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC) was established in 2006 by Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006. Thanks to this instrument, public entities from several Member States can come together and create a structure which has legal personality under European law. The EGTC is an important tool of “cross-border cooperation” which is part of Objective 3 … Continue reading

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