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EU Cohesion policy research

EU Cohesion policy has become a key strand of economic development policy in many EU countries. EPRC research addresses a range of issues from the negotiation of policy design and budgets through to the planning and practical implementation of European Structural and Investment Fund programmes across Europe.

Found 61 Results
1996
- 2023

IQ-Net – Improving the Quality of Structural Funds Programme Management

The IQ-Net network brings together regional and national partners from Structural Funds programmes across the EU. It aims to improve the quality of Structural Funds programme management through exchange of experience and mutual learning. The network involves a structured programme of applied research and debate with regular meetings (Coffee Break Workshops, Conferences) and advisory support…

2019
- 2020

Study on the Agenda for Cohesion Policy in 2019-2024: Key issues for the REGI Committee

This study reviews current and emerging issues for Cohesion Policy to support the work agenda of the European Parliament’s Committee for Regional Development during its new mandate for 2019-2024. The analysis focuses on issues relating to the committee’s competences and concludes by highlighting key policy themes and political questions for the debate on Cohesion Policy…

2019
- 2020

Visibility and Communication of European Cohesion Policy in Online Media

This study evaluates the visibility and communication of cohesion policy in online media. It employs a mixed methods approach to investigate media coverage, representation and user perceptions of cohesion policy in online media. The research draws on an original dataset of over 60,000 news articles and 100,000 user-generated comments. It also analyses social media –…

2018
- 2019

The Use of Technical Assistance for Administrative Capacity Building During the 2014-2020 Period

EPRC is coordinating a study for the European Commission aimed at enhancing the understanding of the planned and implemented use of Technical Assistance (TA) under EU Cohesion Policy programmes during the 2014-20 period. Given the important contribution of Technical Assistance to the successful implementation of Cohesion Policy, the study will provide a better understanding of…

2016
- 2018

The impact of Cohesion policy on EU identification (COHESIFY)

The project involves research on the contribution of Cohesion policy to citizens’ identification with the EU. Funded by Horizon 2020 and involving 10 research institutes and SMEs, the project provides new insights into the European identification of EU citizens and the effectiveness of strategies to communicate EU cohesion policy to citizens.   http://www.cohesify.eu/ Funded by:…

2014
- 2016

Partnership principle and multi-level governance during the programming phase of the ES and ESI funds

The project examines the extent and modalities through which which the partnership principle has been applied in the programming phase of the European Structural and Investment Funds. The research develops an evidence base to inform the reports required under the regulatory framework for 2014-20 and provides an analytical basis for the design of the policy…

2014
- 2016

Performance framework during the programming phase of the ES and ESI funds

The project examines the extent and modalities through which EU regulatory provisions relating to the performance framework have been applied in the programming phase of the European Structural and Investment Funds. The research develops an evidence base to inform the reports required under the regulatory framework for 2014-20 and provides an analytical basis for the…

2014
- 2015

Strategic coherence of Cohesion policy: comparison of the 2007-13 and 2014-20 programming periods

The project involved research on the evolution and implementation of the strategic coherence of Cohesion policy in 2014-20. Based on documentary analysis and interviews with authorities in 11 Member States, the study concluded that there had been overall improvements compared to the previous period, but it also highlighted a series of EU and domestic challenges…

2013
- 2014

Ex ante evaluation of European Territorial Cooperation INTERREG Programme for Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland for 2014-2020

The project involved background research and advisory input for the ex ante evaluations, drawing on international experience. Funded by: INTERREG (through RSM McClure Watters)

2012
- 2014

Ex-ante evaluation and strategic assessment of the North Sea Region Programme 2014-20

The project comnprised an ex ante evaluation accompanying the design of the 2014-2020 North Sea Region Programme and appraisal of its different elements. Funded by: Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme

2012
- 2014

Ex-ante evaluation of the Northern Periphery Programme 2014-20

The project comprised an ex ante evaluation accompanying the design of the 2014-2020 Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and appraisal of its different elements. EPRC research focused on the ex-ante evaluation of the Northern Periphery and Arctic programme 2014-20. The purpose of the ex-ante evaluation was to improve and strengthen the quality of the programme…

2014
- 2014

Evaluation of the transnational LEADER Project “Slow Travel”

Theproject comprised and evaluation of the transnational LEADER project “Slow Travel”, implemented by partner regions from Austria and Luxembourg. Funded by: LAG Oststeirisches Kernland, Austria

2014
- 2014

Evaluation of the transnational LEADER Project “Cultlands”

The project comprised an evaluation of the transnational LEADER project “Slow Travel”, implemented by partner regions from Austria, Poland and Spain. Funded by: LAG Oststeirisches Kernland, Austria

2013
- 2013

Evaluation of horizontal themes in Estonia

This study provided an overview of good practice in addressing horizontal themes in EU Structural Funds programmes, feeding in to the University of Tartu evaluation of the horizontal themes in the priority axis “Good-quality and long working life” of the Human Resource Development OP in Estonia. Funded by: University of Tartu, Estonia

2012
- 2012

How to Integrate the EU Flagship Initiatives into Cohesion Policy

The project involved an assessment of the Europe 2020 strategy with particular reference to its seven Flagship initiatives (Innovation Union, Digital Agenda, Industrial Policy, Resource-efficient Europe, Youth on the Move, New Skills and Jobs, and the European Platform against Poverty). It explores their coherence with Cohesion policy with a view to the preparations for the…