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Common Regional Policy

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Financial instruments in cohesion policy

Written by Agnieszka Widuto, The use of financial instruments in cohesion policy is increasing, as they are considered a resource-efficient way of using public funding. They provide support for investment in the form of loans, guarantees, equity and other risk-sharing mechanisms. In the 2014-2020 programming period, financial instruments can be applied in all thematic areas … Continue reading

Sparsely populated and under–populated areas

This briefing seeks to analyse the issues that affect sparsely populated and underpopulated areas and provide a short overview of the EU support available for this category of region. Details will also be provided of the role of the European Parliament and the views of the various stakeholders. Continue reading

Snapshot of the EU regions with a view to selected Europe 2020 targets

Written by Frederik Scholaert, Giulio Sabbati and Sorina Silvia Ionescu, Updated on 4.10.2019 In 2014-2020, €461 billion from the EU budget is allocated to EU regions for investments in support of the strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (Europe 2020). The NUTS 2 classification (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) divides EU territory into … Continue reading

EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region (EUSAIR)

Written by Vasileios Margaras The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is the third EU macro-regional strategy, following the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (2009) and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (2011). On a mandate from the European Council, the EUSAIR was developed jointly by the Commission with the … Continue reading

EPRS and OPEN DAYS – open for business

Written by Christiaan van Lierop Attracting some 6 000 participants from across Europe, the four day OPEN DAYS event is Europe’s largest annual get-together of regional movers and shakers. Launched in 2003, the event has grown to become the EU’s leading networking platform for experts in local and regional development. But it’s about much more than … Continue reading

Macro-regional strategies across Europe

Written by Isabel Moran Vidal The European Economic and Social Committee held in October a public hearing titled ‘ Macro-regional Strategies across Europe ‘ aiming to look for a common denominator in the problems macro-regional strategies  face, as well as those points which make macro-regional strategy successful. The objective is to prepare an opinion which … Continue reading

New territorial instruments on cohesion policy: CLLD and ITI

With the current programming period 2014-2020 of the Cohesion Policy two new instruments have been introduced in order to achieve the territorial cohesion objective: Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) and Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI). They concern all the Funds covered by the Common Strategic Framework (European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, European Agricultural Fund for … Continue reading

Reforming the European Union Solidarity Fund

The EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) was created in 2001 to enable the European Union (EU) to respond to major disasters (floods, earthquakes, severe droughts…) inside the EU and in countries involved in accession negotiations. Major disasters would be those causing damage estimated either at over EUR 3 000 000 000 in 2011 prices, or more … Continue reading

Sustainable Urban Development

Smart growth, green growth and inclusive growth are the three pillars of sustainability. An urban integrated approach rather than a sectorial one is needed to ensure the success of the policy. Urban policy has to provide cities in Europe with instruments to achieve the right balance between the social, economic and environmental dimensions. This Keysource … Continue reading

What is a city? In focus on urban areas

What has anything from around 700 people to more than 17,000,000 and can cover from 0,44 square metres to more than 2,500 square kilometers? Cities: whether a huge metropolis, a national capital or a historic town or port – cities have much in common. The typologies proposed for Europe’s cities by various organisations all have their … Continue reading

Cities and demography

Demographic changes, population migration, urban shrinkage, integration of migrants, adaptation of infrastructure to population’s growth are challenges Europe’s cities will have to tackle in the future. This Keysource includes selected reports, studies and analyses as well as statistical data on demographic change in EU’s cities. Overviews Demographic Challenges for European Regions: The Role of the … Continue reading

European Union’s Cities – a typology

There are many typologies of Europe’s cities suggested by different organisations and they all have their limitations. Some organisations (EU and OECD) have agreed on a common methodology for defining cities which allows for the first time a comparison of the number of cities and the share of population in them on a harmonised basis … Continue reading

From urban-rural linkages to urban-rural relationships in the EU

Urban and rural areas are increasingly integrated. In OECD countries, 80% of the rural population lives close to cities. Current and common challenges such as climate change, efficient use of natural resources (water, land), equal access to public services or demographic changes just to name a few, can be tackled more easily if cooperation exists … Continue reading

A macro-regional strategy for the Carpathian Region?

Macro-regional strategies: a valuable and cheap tool The European Commission defines a macro-region as “an area including territory from a number of different countries or regions associated with one or more common features or challenges“. Macro-regional strategies may only be developed if the benefit of facing those common problems is significant and visible, through the implementation of … 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

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

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

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