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2022

Creating public value in regional policy. Bringing citizens back in

We develop a novel citizen-centred multi-dimensional approach to public value creation in regional policy. Drawing on 47 citizen focus groups in 16 European regions, public values are analysed through an interpretative comparative approach. Goal attainment is a positive and widely held value. However, evaluations of institutional performance and democratic values are more negative. The findings…

2022

The quality of government and administrative performance: explaining Cohesion Policy compliance, absorption and achievements across EU regions

Does the quality of government improve the administrative performance of regions in European Union (EU) Cohesion Policy? This article analyses the relationship between the quality of government and multiple dimensions of administrative performance in Cohesion Policy. Using primary data on government quality combined with EU performance data for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in…

2022

The EU’s approach to multilingualism in its own communication policy

  • Carlos Mendez
  • Carlos Mendez, Michele Gazzola, Laure Clement-Wilz, Vasiliki Triga, Fernando Mendez, Costas Djouvas, Antonis Charamboulos, John Bachtler
  • Citizen engagementCommunication

The study assesses the EU’s approach to multilingualism in its communications policy. An innovative mixed methods approach is used to investigate compliance with multilingualism obligations and the language regimes and practices of EU institutions, bodies and agencies, especially on EU websites. The fit with the linguistic skills of EU27 residents is also investigated. Policy recommendations…

2022

Continuity & Change: Balancing between two programme periods

  • elenajabri
  • Liliana Fonseca & Rona Michie

The beginning of a new year has not meant respite from challenges. ESIF programme managers continue to juggle responsibilities across two programme periods. The tail-end of the 2014-20 programme period remains busy, particularly in terms of monitoring and processing expenditure claims, making payments to beneficiaries and closure arrangements. This workload is now exacerbated by many…

2022

Embedding the Urban Dimension in Cohesion Policy

  • elenajabri
  • Martin Ferry & Stefan Kah

Urban issues have gained increasing prominence over Cohesion Policy programming periods in terms of policy relevance and visibility. The objective of the paper is to take stock of experiences gained in 2014-20 and plans for the 2021-27 period. It focuses on the territorial coverage, thematic orientation and governance of the urban dimension of Cohesion Policy,…

2022

The impact of EU Cohesion Policy on European identity: A comparative analysis of EU regions

This article investigates the role of European Union Cohesion Policy in the development of European identity, drawing on an original and representative survey in 17 regions across 12 member states. We advance a theoretical model which distinguishes cognitive, instrumental and communicative drivers of identity formation. Contrary to existing scholarship, we find that EU Cohesion Policy…

2022

The Role of Contact Points in the Implementation of Interreg Programmes

Helping to inform the set up of the 2021-27 Interreg programmes, a new EPRC report for Interact provides a comprehensive balanced overview of the different approaches to setting up and employing Contact Points in Interreg programmes. The report highlights the different way that Programmes can use contact points in their management and implementation systems and…

2021

COVID Recovery and the Long Term Challenges for Regional Policies

  • jayneogilvie
  • Georgieva, N., Downes, R., & Bachtler, J.
  • EoRPA

This paper brings together evidence of the territorial and policy implications of the COVID-19 pandemic with the long-term strategic thinking in regional policy in the past twelve months. It shows that, in the period 2020-2021, governments dealt both with the immediate unpreceded impacts of the pandemic crisis as well as developments in regional policy that…

2021

Building Capacity for Effective Regional Policies

  • jayneogilvie
  • Ferry, M
  • EoRPA

The administrative capacity of public authorities is crucial to the success of contemporary regional policy. This includes capacity of public authorities to design quality strategies and programmes; to recruit and retain staff to implement measures in compliance with technical requirements; and to pursue evidence based policy-making through analysis and iterative learning. These capacities are conditioned…

2021

A Green Transition: Making the new programmes sustainable

Cohesion Policy has long provided an important framework for tackling challenges related to climate change and transitioning to a low carbon economy. The focus of ESIF interventions on environmental sustainability will be further reinforced in 2021-27, in line with the ambitious climate targets and the Green Deal objectives.

2021

Light at the end of the tunnel? Moving into the next programme phase

Heading into a second winter facing the challenges of a global pandemic, ESIF programme managers continue to juggle responsibilities across two programme periods. The tail-end of the 2014-20 programme period remains busy, particularly in terms of monitoring and processing expenditure claims and making payments to beneficiaries. This is workload now exacerbated by many projects needing…

2021

Recovery and Cohesion: Ambitious Objectives, Challenging Implementation

Following the landmark agreement achieved at the Special European Council in June 2020, the remainder of 2020 was dominated by the inter-institutional negotiations, requiring further EUCO meetings to resolve application of the rule of law conditionality, before agreement in December 2020. The Cohesion Policy Regulations for 2021-2027 were adopted by the co-legislators on 24 June…

2021

Chain REACTion: Shifting Cohesion Policy Priorities in a New Reality

  • jayneogilvie
  • Dozhdeva, V., & Fonseca, L.

2021

Rescaling urban development policy in the EU: the impact of integrated place-based approaches in Cohesion Policy

This article investigates the role of European Union (EU) Cohesion Policy in urban development policy rescaling following the introduction of a strengthened regulatory framework for integrated territorial development in 2014–20. We find variations in the rescaling of sustainable urban development policies in the Netherlands, Poland and Spain shaped by domestic politics, path dependence and institutional…