Image Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020: An Academic and Policy Debate

Date and location

  •   February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015
  •   University of Latvia, Riga

Conference details

Please note: If you have not been accepted to present a paper in the conference programme then unfortuantley you are not registered to attend the conference, unless you have been approached directly by one of the organisers inviting you to participate. The Association does not accept any responsibility for flights or accommdoation booked and paid for, and cannot extend an  invitation to attend as the conferece is full.  Many thanks.

Please be aware that participants are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation, unless otherwise informed. 



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In 2013, the budgetary and regulatory reform of Cohesion policy for 2014-20 was finally agreed following the most extensive process of reflection, consultation and analysis in the history of the policy. The cornerstones of the reformed policy are a more strategic use of the renamed European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), concentration of spending on the objectives of Europe 2020, improved performance and achievement of results, better governance, and more attention to urban and local development. However, as the recently published Sixth Cohesion Report makes clear, the new ESIF programmes face a difficult task, with increasing regional and urban disparities and cuts in government spending.

Against this background, the Second EU Cohesion Policy Conference organised by the RSA and European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy, together with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, aims to take stock of the challenges and opportunities for Cohesion policy in 2014-20. It will bring together a limited number of participants from academia, the European institutions and Member State authorities to debate where Cohesion policy is going and how its contribution to growth and jobs can be maximised.

The Call for Abstracts has now closed and the programme will be available in due to course from the event's website.


Submission of full papers

Accepted presenters are expected to submit their full paper (up to 5,000 words) by 11 January 2015 via email. For details on the full paper submission please click here. 

Conference Organisers

Conference Organisation 

It should be noted that the organisation of the Conference is being managed jointly by the RSA, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy and the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Academic organiser: Professor John Bachtler, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, UK

RSA organiser: Daniela Carl, Email


Please contact Elizabeth Mitchell at for further details and questions regarding this event.

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