The sixth and last EPRC webinar of Spring 2022 was held June 29th (11:00 – 12:00 UK) over Zoom. Dr Jaroslav Koutský – Associate Professor at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Czechia – presented on the topic “EU Cohesion Policy in the Czech Republic”.

Koutský’s webinar provided a general overview of Cohesion Policy implementation history in the Czech Republic, from the accession to the EU to the present day. The presentation offered an evaluation and critical perspective of the topic, for which the speaker argued that broader academic elaboration is not frequent. Selected statistics and the data on the policy implementation were presented, and discussion focused on the thematic focus and the regional distribution of resource allocation.

The presentation was complemented with subjective academic evaluation and partially subjective remarks discussing the policy value, the benefits’ evaluation and the policy perception by regional development key actors.

 

Jaroslav Koutský is an Associate Professor in Economics and Management and the study programme of Regional Development and Public Administration guarantor.  He has been working at the Faculty of Social and Economic Studies of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University (Czechia) since 2006. His research focuses on the old industrial regions’ transformation, especially on their economic changes and their further development perspectives. He is also engaged in other economic geography issues and their application in regional development, such as the innovative concepts that are implemented in territorial development management.

 

Dr Koutský’s presentation can be accessed here, and the recording of the webinar can be viewed on the EPRC’s YouTube page here.

Future EPRC webinars will delve into topics of sustainability, regional policy and development. We will be back with more virtual and physical webinars in Autumn 2022.

If you would like to attend, watch out for updates and registrations by following @eprc_eu on Twitter, European Policies Research Centre on LinkedIn, or register for our webinar mailing list through marie.c.devine@strath.ac.uk.