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2024

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…

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…

2024

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…

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…

2023

Administrative Capacity-Building in 2021-27 – Priorities, Strategies and Implementation

Report to the 55th IQ-Net meeting, 29 November – 01 December 2023, Budapest, Hungary Managing Cohesion Policy programmes is one of the most important and complex tasks in the EU, undertaken within an unstable environment with many implementation challenges arising frequently. Administrative capability is therefore needed to ensure timely, legal and effective spending. The key…

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

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

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

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

“Everything everywhere all at once”: Challenging times in Cohesion Policy

Report to the 54th IQ-Net Conference, 15-17 May 2023, Olsztyn, Warmińsko  Mazurskie, Poland The last six months have been a challenging period for those planning, negotiating, implementing and closing Cohesion Policy programmes, against a background of successive global crises, including the lingering impact of the Covid19 pandemic, the refugee and energy crises and the war…

2023

Charting the path ahead: Monitoring & Evaluation of Cohesion Policy for the 2021-27 period

Report to the 54th IQ-Net Conference, 15-17 May 2023, Olsztyn, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland The 2021-27 CP monitoring and evaluation framework largely builds on previous practice but also introduces some substantial changes compared to 2014-20. In light of the new regulatory obligations and lessons learnt from the past, IQ-Net partners are in the process of setting up…

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

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…