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2024

Civic and Civil Society Engagement in Interreg

Together with Interact, EPRC has prepared a report on dynamics of civic and civil society engagement in Interreg territorial cooperation programmes. Interact is an EU programme that helps European territorial cooperation (Interreg) programmes, and other actors working in a cooperation context, maximise the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of programmes.  Alongside events, on line tools and…

2023

Rethinking Regional Transformation: The State of Regional Policy in Europe

  • jayneogilvie
  • Bachtler J and Downes, R
  • EoRPA

As political and policy concern with regional and local inequality continues to grow across Europe, regional policies are challenged by the competing objectives of tackling long-term structural disadvantage and the reduction of disparities, in the context of the green and digital transitions, and dealing with crises including the Covid pandemic and conflict in Ukraine. Policy…

2023

CLLD in the 2014–2020 EU Programming Period: An Innovative Framework for Local Development

This paper presents an overview of how the Community-led Local Development (CLLD) instrument has been used in the EU in the 2014–2020 programming period. It provides a typology of countries applying the options offered by CLLD and illustrates the various ways in which the different eligible EU funds were contributing financially. The article discusses the…

2023

Recent Developments in Regional Aid and Subsidy Control in Europe

The past year has been a very active period for Competition Policy and subsidy control in Europe and beyond. In the EU, the European Commission published the Green Deal Industrial Plan, responding to the US Inflation Reduction Act and Chinese support programmes. This introduced greater flexibility for certain types of aid, and updated guidance for…

2023

Reconciling crisis response and long-term objectives: Dealing with multiple pressures in Cohesion Policy programmes

In the challenging context created by the ongoing effects of the pandemic combined with the growing pressures of the energy and refugee crises, programme managers are navigating through multiple and often overlapping priorities. Ensuring good implementation and progress towards finalising the 2014-20 programmes, as well as preparing their orderly closure are among the key tasks…

2023

Implementing innovation: Smarter & greener actions

R&I plays an important role in mitigating the impact of ‘crisis’ situations, contributing to economic growth, and delivering green and digital transitions. Cohesion Policy, especially the Smart Specialisation approach, provides a key instrument for delivering place-based innovation that reflects the strengths and assets of the regions, and addressing the innovation divide in Europe.

2023

Territorial Cooperation: Widely Pursued and Widely Questioned

Development challenges and solutions are not confined by borders, and as such cooperation is highly prized. Territorial cooperation across national borders with neighbouring territories has a long history in Europe and is widely pursued. The most familiar forms of territorial cooperation are the EU’s Territorial Cooperation Programmes, specifically Interreg. However, in practice territorial cooperation arrangements…

2023

Energy Transition and the ‘Greening’ of Regional Policy

  • jayneogilvie
  • European Policies Research Centre
  • EoRPA

Energy transition, as part of the longer-term green transition agenda, is an increasingly important strategic priority at global, European, national and regional level. Energy transition has a strong territorial dimension. Energy-related potentials, challenges, needs and impacts vary greatly across regions. Much of the action to deliver transition to a carbon-neutral economy takes place at regional…

2023

Navigating stormy waters: crises and Cohesion Policy beyond 2027

EU Cohesion Policy is navigating stormy waters. Policymakers face challenging tasks of closing past programmes, implementing new ones and charting a course with an uncertain outlook. The 2021-27 programmes, which faced approval delays, are under pressure to spend rapidly. Closing 2014-20 programmes and managing Recovery and Resilience Facility funding at the same time has stretched…

2023

“Barbenheimer: Managing Funds with different tonalities simultaneously”: the challenges of Cohesion Policy implementation

Report to the 55th IQ-Net Conference, 29 November – 1 December 2023, Hungary As well as providing an overview of progress in implementing the 2014-20 and 2021-27 IQ-Net programmes over the past six months, highlighting the challenges faced and strategies adopted to meet these challenges, this paper provides an insight into developments in two areas…