Regional Policy Archives

  • Biden hails gold medal for a country Serbia says doesn’t exist

    Enlargement 16-08-2016

    US Vice-President Joe Biden has chosen this week to come to what is still Europe’s great unfinished business – the West Balkans. Can Biden knock any sense into his Serb hosts? Unlikely, says Denis MacShane.

  • Brexit: What about the Northern Ireland Peace Process?

    Brexit 14-07-2016

    Shortly after the results came in, Sinn Fein declared it would seek a vote on Irish reunification. Consequently, by voting in favour of Brexit, British voters may have endangered the progress of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, writes Karlijn Jans.

  • Refugees: Local and regional leaders call for targeted financing

    Social Europe & Jobs 05-07-2016

    European institutions and member states need to guarantee the necessary resources, via targeted financing for the towns and regions that host them, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) states in a petition.

  • Zaventem’s Frankenstein airport provides a test case for the EU

    Transport 02-06-2016

    Brussels’ Zaventem Airport has evolved into Frankenstein’s monster, processing more than 20 million passengers and millions of tonnes of cargo annually. And it’s growing, as jets fly round the clock over the rooftops of the city, write a number of concerned citizens and organisations.

  • Will Smart Specialisation impact Europe’s textile regions?

    Innovation & Industry 20-04-2016

    In the EU Cohesion Policy programming for 2014-2020, Smart Specialisation Strategies are a new tool for regions to design their investment in research and innovation. Europe’s leading textile regions united in RegioTex initiative to realise this potential, writes Lutz Walter.

  • EU money should not help destroy Bulgaria’s Kresna Gorge

    Climate change 29-03-2016

    The Bulgarian government is planning to carve a major motorway through the spectacular Kresna Gorge, one of Europe’s richest nature havens, using EU funds. The consequences for wildlife and the local community could be damaging, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

  • Is cohesion policy under threat?

    Euro & Finance 02-03-2016

    Cohesion Policy, the European Union’s main investment policy tool, is soon to face a struggle for survival. One that could threaten the core values of solidarity and convergence of regional disparities on which the EU has been built up, write Nikos Lampropoulos and Francesco Molica.

  • Reaching SDGs from the ground up


    Hundreds, thousands of towns and regions from every continent are working at their level, for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writes Frédéric Vallier.

  • It’s time to recognise community currencies


    Local authorities and municipalities across Europe are increasingly turning to innovative approaches to meet continuing socio-economic challenges, writes Leander Bindewald.

  • High time for an EU Urban Agenda


    Bas Verkerk is the mayor of the Dutch city of Delft and the president of the ALDE Group in the Committee of the Regions (CoR). He is rapporteur of the CoR opinion on 'An integrated Urban Agenda for the EU'.

  • Some critical thoughts regarding regional reform in Romania


    The danger regarding regionalisation in the EU in general, and Romania in particular, is that it may change from innovation into mere fashion, writes Alina Bargaoanu.

  • The Arctic Council needs to open up


    Set up initially as an intergovernmental forum to promote cooperation among Arctic states, the Council is failing to adequately accommodate rising interest from outside the region and needs reform, argues, Roderick Kefferpütz.

  • An EU budget for recovery and Europe’s citizens


    The next long-term budget for the EU must recognise cities’ potential for playing a much greater role in the economic recovery and therefore the urgent priority for investment in urban Europe, writes Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.

  • East Germany: A haven for the far right?


    German statistics and anecdotal evidence show that far-right groups are more active in regions that were part of the former East Germany. Despite reunification, the eastern regions have remained less developed economically than the western regions, writes Stratfor.

  • Regional funds: It’s not the quantity, it’s the quality


    Western and Eastern European governments fighting over some billions less or more to the EU's next multi-annual budget (2014-2020) would better focus on how to spend this precious resource, writes Miroslav Mojžiš.

  • 1,000 words for the EU budget 2014-20


    If the scheduled extraordinary European Council in November does not agree on a framework for the 2014-2020 budget or if the European Parliament denies its approval, the future of the EU will be held hostage to an unstable and unmanageable environment, argues Ivailo Kalfin.

  • More integration with more attractive regions for investment


    There are still significant economic disparities within the EU, such as the ones between North and South or among different EU regions. But EU member states have a common interest in tackling those challenges together, argues Rodi Kratsa-Tsagapopoulou.

  • Europe’s competitiveness divide


    Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain have a serious structural competitiveness problem, despite the billions of EU taxpayers’ money that these countries received as grants from EU development funds in the past decades, says Martin Bruncko.

  • The illicit benefits of Bulgaria’s EU membership


    Accession to the European Union means prosperity and new economic opportunities for businesses and people, or so goes the argument. In the case of Bulgaria, this is evidently true for the underworld, writes Barbara Frye.

  • Cohesion policy: Watch out for the steps back


    The European Commission's proposals that urge member states to invest part of their regional development fund on low-carbon and energy-efficiency measures sounds very encouraging, argues Markus Trilling of the CEE Bankwatch Network. The question that remains though is whether these proposals will be sufficient enough to secure the conditions for a sustainable regional development.

  • Unleashing the potential of Central and Eastern Europe


    As the budget debate begins, cohesion policy remains critical to creating the infrastructure that Central and Eastern European EU members need to unleash their full potential for growth and convergence with the rest of the Union, argues Hendrik Bourgeois of General Electric.

  • Future cohesion policy: The basis of EU’s competitiveness


    Romanian centre-right MEP Petru Constantin Luhan argues that cohesion funds, distributed on the basis of a region's lower GDP per head, should continue to be used to promote solidarity and competitiveness within the EU.

  • A world of regions


    Jeffrey Sachs argues that as US power declines the need for regional cooperation to ensure peace and prosperity will increase. He believes the European Union provides the best model for such cooperation and should inspire other regions of the world.

  • Europe’s federalism debate revived


    As eurozone ministers reflect on how to rebuild economic governance in the wake of the Greek crisis, Jean Pisani-Ferry explores the debate on fiscal federalism and urges policymakers to clearly define options for better coordination.

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