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EPRC research in the European Parliament
Studies by EPRC researchers have been extensively cited in a briefing to MEPs by the European Parliament. The briefing refers to an IQ-Net report on territorial approaches which provides a first stock-take on the implementation of territorial approaches across the EU 28 and gives insights into the variety in which these approaches are used. The briefing also cited an article in the European Structural and Investment Funds journal which highlights the versatility of the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) tool and considers some of the key challenges in relation to administrative and institutional capacity, territorial competitiveness, limited scale of resource allocations, and ambiguities in relation to implementation requirements. A study for European Parliament on strategic coherence of Cohesion policy is also cited. The study found that finds that there have been overall improvements compared to the previous period, but it also highlights a series of EU and domestic challenges in ensuring a strategically coherent approach between different European Structural and Investment Funds and with other EU policies.
41st IQ-Net Conference (Athens): Making Structural Funds smart and recognised
What progress are ESIF Managing Authorities making with smart specialisation strategies? And how are the ESIF communication plans for 2014-20 developing? These were two key questions discussed by over 40 IQ-Net programme managers from 13 EU Member States who met at the 41st IQ-Net conference in Athens on 21-23 November 2016. The conference was hosted by the Greek Ministry of Economy and Development (National Coordination Authority and Management Organisation Unit) and focused on two themes: the implementation of smart specialisation strategies and effective communication and publicity. Discussions under both topics were supported by EPRC research reports, presented by Laura Polverari on smart specialisation and Carlos Mendez on communication, as well as by presentations by the Greek hosts and European Commission representatives from the DG Regional and Urban Policy and the Joint Research Centre's S3 Platform. The conference also provided an opportunity to discuss practical good practice approaches to both smart specialisation and communication, presented by network members from different EU Member States. For more information about IQ-Net, please visit the IQ-Net website or contact the Network Manager Stefan Kah.
40th IQ-Net Conference (Prague) discusses options and ideas for Cohesion policy post-2020
IQ-Net programme managers from 13 EU Member States met at the 40th IQ-Net conference in Prague, Czech Republic, on 9-11 May 2016. The conference was hosted by the Czech Ministry of Regional Development and chaired by John Bachtler of EPRC. Opened by Vladimir Kvaca from the host organisation, the meeting started with a look at the progress of the 2014-20 programmes, supported by a presentation by Timothee Lehuraux of EPRC (executive summary). The discussions of options and ideas for Cohesion policy after 2020 were supported by a research paper presented by Carlos Mendez of EPRC, which provided the ground for small group workshops. The conference also included an opportunity to visit Czech R&D research centres co-financed by Structural Funds, HiLASE and ELI Beamlines.
IQ-Net interview in DG Regio's Panorama magazine
To mark the 20th anniversary of the IQ-Net network, network director Professor John Bachtler and network manager Stefan Kah were interviewed for an article published in DG Regio's Panorama magazine. The IQ-Net network was established in 1996 by programme managers from Objective 2 regions in 7 EU Member States. Twenty years later, it continues to thrive and now brings together regional and national organisations from Structural Funds programmes across 18 countries. The next meeting of the network will be in Prague in May 2016, where the future of Cohesion policy post-2020 will be discussed, along with progress in implementing 2007-13 and 2014-20 programmes.
Sweden returns to the network
IQ-Net is very pleased to welcome Tillväxtverket as its 18th partner organisation. The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth is the Managing Authority for eight regional programmes, for one national programme and for the ETC programme Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak in 2014-20. Information on Structural Funds in Sweden can be found here.
Briefing Paper on Simplification of Cohesion policy
Following the recent IQ-Net conference on simplification of Cohesion policy in November 2015 in Cardiff, the network prepared a briefing paper summarising the views of partners on simplification - in terms of progress made, areas of concern, and recommendations for the future. The aim of the paper is to contribute to the ongoing discussions on ways to simplify the delivery of Cohesion policy, e.g. in the European Commission's High-Level Group on Simplification.
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