Date and location

  •   June 13, 2016 - June 13, 2016
  •   Brussels, Belgium

Conference details

The Cohesion Policy has had a major influence on shaping regional policy of EU member states in terms of governance, practices and funding: the implementation of this policy has been (and still is) a major challenge for policymakers, mainly considering the European need to recover from the crisis. Since many years, many research and evaluation have been carried out to assess implementation and impacts of the Cohesion Policy using different methodologies and approaches. In the 2014-2020 programming period, evaluation is a corner-stone of the new result-orientation proposed by the EU Commission; however, many concerns are emerging about different local capacities in implementing the Cohesion Policy.

Against this background, the seminar invites contributions presenting lessons learnt from the implementation and evaluation of the Cohesion Policy. These ‘lessons’ have to be ‘policy-oriented’ to further improve policymaking across Europe. The workshop outcome will be a ‘book of lessons learnt’ to contribute to the debate on the Cohesion Policy. After the workshop, selected articles will be collected in an eBook (with presentations and short articles) to be disseminated to the policymaking community and online. For this reason, contributions have to be policy-oriented and will be discussed with key-policymakers in Brussels.
This workshop is promoted by the RSA Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy and hosted by CEVIPOL and the Institut d’Etudes européennes of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Speakers are invited to present their contribution to key-policymakers in Brussels. Each panel will have as discussants members from different European policy institutions such as the Urban Intergroup at the European
Parliament, the Commission’s DG-Regio, the Committee of the Regions, and the European Economic and Social Committee.

We invite research-based contributions with clear policy implications that explore one or more of the above themes. All interested researchers, PhD students and practitioners are invited to submit their expression of interested by email to Nicola Francesco Dotti Nicola.Dotti@vub.ac.be
The expression of interest should include a presentation of maximum 5 slides, an abstract of about 500 words and a short bio with full contact details of the Author(s). The expression of interest should:
– put the policy issue in wider context,
– briefly outline theoretical background and methodology,
– clearly explain policy lessons learnt that can be generalized in the framework of the Cohesion Policy.

Please see the attached Call for Papers for more details. 

How to get there

Brussels, Belgium