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EU cohesion policy
EPRC has had a long-standing interest in EU cohesion policy. This began in the context of the EoRPA focus on national regional policy, which over time became increasingly influenced by policy developments at the EU level. However, it grew into a distinct research programme following the reform of the Structural Funds in 1988. Since then, EPRC has taken a detailed and very practical interest in the development and operation of EU regional and cohesion policy.

At the core of the research is the IQ-Net consortium of national and regional programme management authorities across the EU which aims to draw out comparative practical lessons from the operation of the Structural Funds. In this context, detailed comparative studies have been carried out on all aspects of the programming cycle – the drawing up of strategic programmes, their development into operational documents, the generation and selection of quality projects within programmes their subsequent monitoring and evaluation and, finally, the drawing together of appropriate policy and practical lessons for future programmes.

In addition, wider evaluation studies have been undertaken (ex ante, mid-term and ex post), together with detailed comparative reviews and meta-evaluations aimed at drawing out broader policy lessons.

Current/recent projects (click here for a full list of related projects or click project title for more information)
European Economic Governance and EU Cohesion Policy European Parliament (2013-2014)
Regional development and policy in Europe: Contributions for the debate in Latin America EUROsocial - FIIAPP (2013)
Assessment of Multi-level Governance in Cohesion Policy European Parliament (2012-2013)
Financial Instruments. A Stocktaking Exercise in preparation for the 2014-2020 Programming Period European Investment Bank (2012-13)
Evaluating Regional Policies: EU and Brazilian Experiences Compared Brazilian Ministry for National Integration (2012)
IQ-Net - Improving the Quality of Structural Fund Programming through Exchange of Experience The membership of IQ-Net in Phase 5 is composed of regional and national authorities responsible for managing and implementing European Structural Funds. It is intended that the membership should be representative of a broad range of Member States, programmes and approaches to programme management. (2011-2013 current phase)
Evaluation of the Main Achievements of Cohesion Policy Programmes and Projects over the Longer Term in 15 Selected Regions (from 1989-1993 Programming Period to the Present) DG Regio (2011-2013)
Ex Post Evaluation of the Cohesion Fund (including former ISPA) - Work Package D: Management and Implementation DG Regio (2011-2012)
Visions and Options for Cohesion Policy after 2013 European Parliament (2010-2013)
European Territorial Cooperation as a Factor of Growth, Jobs and Quality of Life ESPON (2010-2012)
The Objective of Economic and Social Cohesion in the Economic Policies of Member States DG Regio, European Commission (2010)
Assessment of Simplification Measures in Cohesion Policy European Parliament (2010)
Selected Publications (click here for a full list of Regional development and policy in Europe Publications)
Download PDFBegg I, Bachtler J, Macchiarelli C, Mendez C and Wishlade F (2014) European Economic Governance and Cohesion Policy, Report to the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development, European Parliament , Brussels .

Download PDFBachtler J, Mendez C and Oraže H (2014) From Conditionality to Europeanization in Central and Eastern Europe: Administrative Performance and Capacity in Cohesion Policy, European Planning Studies , 22:4, pp735-757 .

Bachtler J, Mendez C and Kah S (2013) Reflections on the Performance of Cohesion Policy, In Kovács, I., Scott, J. & Gál, Z. (eds)Territorial Cohesion in Europe, Institute for Regional Studies, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pecs .

Mendez C (2013) Preparing for Cohesion policy in 2014-20 , Training seminar for delegation of county mayors from Finland , Glasgow, 27 June 2013.

Mendez C (2013) Regional development and policy in Europe, Meeting of Latin America Network on Regional Policy , Brasilia, 2-3 December 2013.

Download PDFVironen H, Michie R and Granqvist K (2013) Focusing on preparing the new programmes - state of play with 2007-13 and 2014-20 programmes , IQ-Net Review Paper, 33(1) Executive Summary , European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde , Glasgow .

Download PDFDavies S and Miller S (2013) EU Cohesion policy and Youth (Un)employment, IQ-Net Thematic Paper, 33(2) (Executive Summary) , European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde , Glasgow .

Download PDFBachtler J and Mendez C (2013) EU Cohesion Policy 2007-2013: Are the goals of the 2006 reform being achieved?, European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, 1: 1 .

Download PDFMendez C, Kah S and Bachtler J (2013) Preparing for 2014-20: Programming, Concentration and Performance, IQ-Net Thematic Paper, 32(2) , European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde , Glasgow .

Download PDFPolverari, L (2013) Policy Rhetoric versus Political Reality: Has the Italian State Given Up on the Mezzogiorno?, Regional and Federal Studies, DOI:10.1080/13597566.2013.801842 .

Download PDFMichie R and Granqvist K (2013) Managing the 2007-13 programmes towards full absorption and closure, IQ-Net Review Paper, 32(1) , European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde .