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2012

The Merchants of Venice or a Tale of Two cities? The Courts finds against Italian Regional Social Security Concessions

This case arose from a decision of the Italian authorities to extend an existing regional aid scheme – a social security concession for the south of Italy – to the cities of Chioggia and Venice in the north, an area partly eligible for regional aid on the basis of Article 107(3)(c). This measure was not…

2011

Strategic Options for Cyprus: A Preliminary Assessment

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2011

Influence of Cohesion policy on strategic objectives and governance in Member States

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2011

The Lisbonisation of EU Cohesion Policy: A Successful Case of Experimentalist Governance?

This article traces the emergence of a new “experimentalist governance architecture” in EU Cohesion policy and assesses its effectiveness. Following trends in other EU policy areas, the core features of the architecture are the joint setting of objectives between EU institutions and the Member States, (semi-)autonomous implementation by the Member States and regions, the use…

2011

Administrative Reform and Unintended Consequences: An Assessment of the EU Cohesion Policy ‘Audit Explosion’

This paper investigates the effects of administrative reform in the Commission on policy implementation and outcomes through a study of EU Cohesion policy auditing. It argues that the growth in audit has taken a distinctively compliance-oriented form, in contrast with the performance audit model adopted in other countries that have embraced administrative modernization agendas. Further,…

2011

Setting the stage for the reform of Cohesion policy after 2013

This paper provides a review and assessment of the current state of the debate on the future of Cohesion policy. It begins, by setting out the context for reform in terms of economic governance, institutional changes and the policy priorities of Europe 2020. It then reviews the state-of-play of the budget debate, highlighting different national…

2011

A Budget and Cohesion Policy for Europe 2020: Let the Negotiations Begin

After a protracted period of informal consultation and debate, the European Commission published its budgetary proposals for the 2014-2020 Multi-annual Financial Framework atthe end of June 2011, followed by the tabling of the Cohesion policy regulatory package in October 2011. The aim of this paper is to provide a review and assessment of the debate…

2011

Visions and Options for Cohesion Policy after 2013

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2011

Complementarity or conflict? The (in)coherence of Cohesion policy

As the preparatory work for the revision of the EU budget for the period 2014+ gets underway, Cohesion policy is once again under scrutiny. Strategic reflections on the futurerole of the policy include its relationship with other EU policies and with domestic policies. A key question is whether Cohesion policy should be embedded within a…

2011

Impact and effectiveness of the Structural Funds and EU policies aimed at SMEs in the regions

This study provides a description of the general nature of SMEs and their development factors as well as the support that Cohesion Policy and other EU policies provide to SMEs. It then assesses practical aspects and effects of Cohesion Policy on enterprises and SMEs on the basis of a review of published materials and eight…

2011

How the EU affects domestic institutional capacities: the Europeanisation of Greece’s administrative system in the context of the EU’s Regional Policy

This paper aims to explain the institutional impact that the European Union’s Regiona Policy (EURP) had on Greece, by adopting a conceptual framework based on the theories ofEuropeanisation and implementation. The four principles that govern the operation of the programmes – partnership, programming, concentration and additionality – as well as themanagement tools that are implicit…

2011

The Future of EU Cohesion Policy: Budgetary Implications for Cyprus

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