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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 66 Results
1996
- 2027

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

About IQ-Net IQ-Net was launched in 1996 and is managed by the European Policies Research Centre Delft. 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, expertise and mutual learning. The network involves…

2023
- 2026

Democratising jUst Sustainability Transitions (DUST)

In the context of eroding democratic institutions, the European Union (EU) – in collaboration with national, regional, and local governments – seeks to bring its policies closer to citizens, in line with the active subsidiarity principle. Informed by this concept, the European Policies Research Center (EPRC) and partners under the lead of TU Delft set…

2023
- 2024

Civic and Civil Society Engagement in Interreg

The overall objective of the work is to firstly, present a comprehensive picture of the existing level of engagement of citizens and civil society in Interreg programmes (mapping exercise); secondly, identify factors that encourage the involvement of citizens and civil society in Interreg programmes; and finally, come up with feasible approaches (methods and tools) to…

2022
- 2024

Ex-post evaluation of Cohesion policy programmes 2014-2020 financed by the ERDF. Work Package 13 – Integrated territorial development (TERREX)

The TERREX project is funded by the European Commission and is Work Package 13 of its ex post evaluation of Cohesion policy in 2014-2020. TERREX evaluates investments delivered through integrated territorial instruments. These are innovative elements of the 2013 reform of Cohesion policy and are aimed at strengthening the focus on area-based interventions with horizontal…

2023
- 2024

Ex post evaluation of Cohesion policy programmes2014-2020 financed by the ERDF. Work package 10–Institutional capacity and reform

This study will take stock of the different types of investments co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund in the 2014-2020 period ensuring the enhancement of institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders and an efficient public administration and strengthening administrative capacity for the management and use of the ERDF and Cohesion Fund. It will…

2022
- 2024

Democratising territorial cohesion (DEMOTEC)

The EU-funded Horizon 2020 DEMOTEC project will probe the role of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in fostering greater and more informed citizen participation in policy-making in a period of increased polarization and alienation from the political process. DEMOTEC focuses on citizen engagement in European regional and urban policies, combining in-depth research on participatory budgeting and mediated…

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

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
- 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
- 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…

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
- 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)