The tenth EPRC webinar of the 2021 was held May 26th (11:00 – 12:00 UK) over Zoom. Alison Hunter and Marta Pilati, Senior Adviser and Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre, presented on the topic “A Green Recovery: Prospects for the EU’s Least Advantaged Regions”.
Hunter and Pilati argued that Europe’s disadvantaged territories face a triple challenge ahead:
- Dealing with the health emergency, while planning for a long-lasting economic recovery;
- Facing the prospects of structural change in the context of addressing green and digital transitions;
- Addressing pre-existing vulnerabilities, which characterise their disadvantaged status.
The presentation provided an overview of the EU’s most vulnerable territories and their struggles, and recommended ways in which to optimise EU and national support. The EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility is being implemented across Europe to support reforms and investments undertaken by Member States to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. However, according to the speakers, this facility may not be fully considering the challenges of least advantaged territories, enabling disparities to accentuate. Hunter and Pilati therefore suggested there is a need for the RRF to:
- Incorporate a place-based approach;
- Support a coherent and coordinated reform agenda addressing pandemic and green goals;
- Integrate a long-term investment plan for these least advantaged places.
The authors concluded that there is a need for a multi-level and multi-faceted approach to support a green recovery for EU’s least advantaged regions.
Alison Hunter is joint owner and director of a Brussels-based consultancy – Economic and Public Policy Consultancy (EPPC), specialising in EU policy analysis. She is a Senior Adviser to Brussels-based think-tank, European Policy Centre in Regional Policy, Innovation and Industrial Growth, and a board member of a Brussels-based policy research lab, European Strategic Innovation System Centre (EFIS). Her career history spans private and public sector settings in EU and Scottish / UK policy analysis, consultancy, economic development and academia. She is a highly experienced event moderator and has particular expertise in interregional innovation policy analysis and implementation. She works with clients from the EU institutions, member states, macro-regions and regions.
Marta Pilati is a Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC) since October 2018. Her areas of expertise include economic and regional policy, the EU recovery package and EU budget, and industrial and R&I policy. Marta is a regular commentator on these topics and an experienced event moderator. Before joining the EPC, Marta worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies focusing on EU economic convergence. She holds a Master’s in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris, as well as a Double Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Georgia State University in the USA and Economics and Management from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Italy.
Our next webinar will take place Wednesday June 9th, when Austin Kilroy, Senior Economist at The World Bank, and Roberto Ganau, Assistant Professor at the University of Padova, will present on “Economic Growth in EU NUTS3 Regions”.
Future EPRC webinars will delve on topics of regional policy and development.
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