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2014

Arctic Connections, Mapping Regional Cooperation in the Arctic,

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2014

Ex Ante Evaluation of the 2014-2020 North Sea Region Programme

This report comprises the ex ante evaluation of the North Sea Region Programme (NSRP) undertaken by theEuropean Policies Research Centre (EPRC) for the NSRP Managing Authority. The ex ante evaluation wasconducted in accordance with DG REGIO Guidelines on Evaluation Methods. The purpose of the ex anteevaluation was to improve and strengthen the quality of the…

2014

Urban resilience in Glasgow and Newcastle

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2013

TERCO – European Territorial Cooperation as a Factor of Growth, Jobs and Quality of Life

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2013

Conditionalities and the Performance of European Structural Funds: a Principal-Agent Analysis of Control Mechanisms in European Union Cohesion Policy

In the context of debates on the performance of European Union cohesion policy, this paper considers how the European Union has used control mechanisms to influence the use of Structural Funds by member states. Using the principal–agent model, this paper examines empirically three case studies of conditionalities applied to the absorption of funding (decommitment rule),…

2013

Evaluation of the Main Achievements of Cohesion Policy Programmes and Projects over the Longer Term in 15 Selected Regions (from the 1989-1993 Programming Period to the Present)

Against a background of inconclusive evidence of the results of EU Cohesion policy since 1989, the aim of this study has been to evaluate the main achievements of EU Cohesion policy programmes and projects and their effectiveness and utility over the longer term in 15 selected regions of the EU15. Specifically, the main objectives of…

2013

Reflections on the Performance of Cohesion Policy

This chapter assesses the debate on the performance of cohesion policy and the implications of changes being introduced for the 2014–20 period. It begins by examining the contested evidence for the performance of cohesion policy and then reviews the rationale and substance of new performance obligations proposed by the Commission. The final section considers whether…

2013

EU Cohesion Policy and European Integration: The dynamics of EU budget and regional policy reform

EU Cohesion policy accounts for a major share of the EU budget and is central to economic and social development in many European countries. This book provides a comprehensive and theoretically-informed analysis of how Cohesion policy has evolved over time, in particular the budgetary and policy dynamics of the 2007-13 reform. In the context of…

2013

The post-2013 reform of EU cohesion policy and the place-based narrative

This article examines the role and use of discourse as a means of affecting EU cohesion policy reform. A discursive shift is traced to a place-based narrative, which sought to re-legitimize and reconnect the policy with its foundational principles during the post-2013 policy review. It is argued that the impact of the narrative on the…

2013

European Commission Perspectives on the 2014-2020 Partnership Agreements & Programmes: A Comparative Review of the Commission’s Position Papers

Introduction In late 2012, the European Commission sent a ‘Position Paper’ to each Member State containing the position of the Commission Services on the development the Partnership Agreement (PA) and Operational Programmes (OPs) in each country for the period 2014-2020. The stated purpose of the Position Papers is to provide a framework for dialogue on…

2013

Staging points in the Cohesion policy budget negotiations

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2013

Cohesion Policy 2014-20 National allocations: who are the winners and losers from the 7-8 February European council?

The European Council on 7-8 February 2013 agreed a Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) containing a new methodology for allocating Cohesion policy funding. Although the MFF may be revised by the European Parliament, a key question is what the Council conclusions might mean for the allocation of Structural and Cohesion Funds to the Member States. Based…