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Financial instruments for energy efficiency and renewable energy

This study analyses ESIF financial instruments for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources and their implementation. The results suggest that, because implementation is highly context-dependent, transferability of lessons and good practice is limited. EE and RES FIs require specialist support and are constrained by operational programme lifecycles. More could be done to measure the impact…


The Structural Funds as ‘Agents of Change’: New Forms of Learning and Implementation

This paper assesses whether and how Structural Funds (SF) act as an ‘agent of change’ in the policy and practice of regional and local development. What is being done through the Funds that would not otherwise be done, where and how this ‘operational innovation’ is being generated, and which aspects of the SF approach are…


The involvement of Non-EU Member States in European Territorial Cooperation Programmes

Non-EU Member States play an important role a number of European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Programmes and initiatives. This article focuses on the role of non-EU Member States in ETC, specifically INTERREG, examining the basis of their involvement, what participating countries ‘get out of it,’ and how this may change in the future.


Improving the take-up and effectiveness of financial instruments

In the wake of the financial crisis, public and private investment has stagnated due to loss of confidence and austerity policies. The supply side for investment is complex, with the boundaries between public and private often blurred. The overall landscape varies widely between countries, but is characterised by the growing importance of national promotional banks…


2014-2020 EU Cohesion Policy: Results-orientation through better Monitoring

This article reviews the varied experiences of selected programmes across the EU with the fulfilment of the new monitoring requirements. The article is based on secondary source research and fieldwork interviews carried out in IQ-Net partner countries and regions with Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies, as well as an interview with the European Commission (DG…


Attrattivita’ territoriale e aiuti alle imprese: elementi di trasferibilita’ e lezioni dagli interventi FESR in selezionati paesi europei

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Cohesion Policy Reform and the Evolving Role of the Council

Cohesion policy-making is a complex process involving budgetary and regulatory dimensions and the interplay between different institutions at European Union (EU), national and subnational levels as well as formal and informal alliances and networks of countries, regions and interest groups. This chapter examines the chronology of the 2013 reform of Cohesion policy for the 2014_2020…


The New Ambitions for 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Evaluation

One of the recurring criticisms that have been levied to EU Cohesion policy has been its inability to prove its effectiveness and value for money. These criticisms, and the parallel growing pressures to reduce the resources assigned to the policy in recent rounds of budget negotiations, have led to the introduction of changes in the…


EU Cohesion Policy in Practice: What Does it Achieve?

EU Cohesion policy, along with support for agriculture and rural development, is one of the main items of EU spending. As such, the performance of the policy has come under increasing scrutiny. Perhaps surprisingly, however, past attempts to assess the effectiveness of the EU’s have proved to be highly ambivalent.


Programme update paper: Progress with the 2014-20 programmes in challenging times

During the period Spring to Autumn 2016, programme implementation has progressed although this has taken place against a background of uncertainty. The ongoing recovery from the recession, the pressures of migration and the consequences of the UK major challenge is to ensure good quality evaluations (proposal and reports), particularly in thecontext of a limited evaluation…


Review of the Role of the EIB group in European Cohesion policy

The aim of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis and assessment of how the European Investment Bank contributes to the achievement of Cohesion Policy objectives. The study finds that the role of the European Investment Bank in Cohesion Policy increased significantly in the 2007-13 programme period and continues to increase in 2014-20. Research…