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Another generation in Competition policy control of Regional development policy

The last pieces of the new regulatory framework for regional aid are finally coming together: following the adoption of the new regional aid guidelines last year, Member States have been engaged in devising assisted area maps, the last of which were approved on 16 September 2014; and, with the adoption of the general block exemption…


Where law and economics meet regional aid…

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From Conditionality to Europeanization in Central and Eastern Europe: Administrative Performance and Capacity in Cohesion Policy

This article assesses the role of administrative capacity in explaining the performance of eight Central and Eastern European countries in managing Cohesion policy over the 2004–2008 period. Drawing on a conceptual framework from the Europeanization literature, it explores whether pre-accession administrative adjustment to comply with the “acquis” continued in the post-accession period, against a backdrop…


European Economic Governance and Cohesion Policy

This study investigates the likely consequences of the many economic governance reforms adopted in the European Union since 2008 and their implications for Cohesion Policy. Its aim is to provide the European Parliament and, specifically, its Regional Development Committee, with insights into the future conduct of Cohesion Policy. The role of the European Parliament will…


Ex-ante Evaluierung für das aus dem Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) kofinanzierte Operationelle Programm „Investitionen in Wachstum und Beschäftigung Österreich 2014-2020“

  • Breitfuss-Loidl M, Ploder M, Reidl S, Wagner-Schuster D, Bachtler J and Kah S
  • Cohesion policy

The project involved an assessment of external coherence of the Structural Funds programme in Austria as part of the ex-ante evaluation of the Austrian ERDF OP 2014-20.


The Role of Cities in Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

Urban regions are an important factor in regional development. During the 2007-2013 programming period, the main input provided by cities and urban areas was at project level. For the 2014-2020 programming period, Cohesion policy enhances the role of urban areas. Nevertheless, in practice the role of cities still seems similar in scale. As the programming…


A new dawn for Cohesion policy? The emerging budgetary and policy directions for 2014-20

This paper provides a review and assessment of the EU Budgetary and Cohesion policy reform developments over the past year and the preparations for the 2014-20 period. The European Council agreement on the long-term EU budget for 2014-20 (in February 2013) and the subsequent ‘political’ agreement with the European Parliament (July 2013) contained significant changes…


Balance of Competences Cohesion Review: Literature Review on EU Cohesion Policy


An Assessment of Multilevel Governance in Cohesion Policy 2007-2013

The objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive overview of Multilevel Governance in Cohesion Policy in the current programming period of 2007-2013. In addition to examining the evolution of the theoretical concept of MLG, this study analyses the current processes of implementing MLG in the EU27, describes the advantages and disadvantages of partnerships…


Implementation of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: Preparations and Administrative Capacity of Member States

  • Tödtling-Schönhofer H, Hamza C and Radzyner A (METIS); Bachtler J, Kah S and Mendez C (EPRC)
  • Cohesion policyGovernance

New features of the 2014-2020 period include closer cooperation between different partners in Member States and better coordination between EU, national and regional interventions. The requirement to elaborate Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes simultaneously puts significant strain on administrative capacities. Low absorption rates and the results of the mid-term evaluations of the 2007-2013 programming period…


Guidelines for the Implementation of Financial Instruments: Building on FIN-EN – sharing methodologies on financial engineering for enterprises,

The FIN-EN project has supported the exchange of experience on a cross-section of 2007-13 financial instruments in both Convergence and Competitiveness regions, providing a comprehensive picture of the strengths and weaknesses of their implementation. The FIN-EN partners’ experiences have been brought together in these Guidelines, along with an overview of the changes expected in the…