EU Cohesion Policy in Eastern and Southern Europe: Taking Stock and Drawing Lessons for the Future

RSA Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy

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Regions in the EU’s Eastern and Southern peripheries tend to perform badly across many rankings from economic development, to quality of government, social justice and innovation potential, despite the fact that the vast majority of EU structural funding has been spent in these countries. However, the picture is differentiated. These countries followed different development trajectories and reacted differently to the economic crisis. Some of them still struggle, others thrive, others still, after years of structural transformation, are stuck in a middle-income trap. They adopted different strategies under EU Cohesion policy and also followed different Europeanisation pathways. Their experiences, successes and failures are a valuable source of lessons for the future of the policy and for current and prospective candidate countries. While there have been various attempts to learn from others in the policymaking sphere – e.g. in European Territorial cooperation, EU-wide networks (e.g. IQ-Net, ERRIN), or in the context of peer-to-peer and twinning initiatives - academic research has not yet adequately reflected on the lessons that can be drawn from EU Cohesion policy implementation for the future of the policy and future enlargements.

Therefore, during the workshop the following questions will be addressed:

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We invite research-based paper proposals, from both scholars and practitioners, with clear implications for practice. The proposals should:

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This workshop is held under the auspices of the Regional Studies Association’s Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy, co-organised with the Network’s partners and hosted by the Department of Urbanism at Delft University of Technology. The Network is co-organised and animated by a group of partners from several European research institutions, including Marcin DĄBROWSKI (Department of Urbanism, TU Delft), Laura POLVERARI and John BACHTLER (University of Strathclyde), Oto POTLUKA (CEPS, University of Basel / University of Economics, Prague), Ida MUSIAŁKOWSKA (Poznan University of Economics and Business), Nicola Francesco DOTTI (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Eduarda Costa and Eduardo Medeiros (IGOT, University of Lisbon).

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