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Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
CHALLENGES FOR THE NEW COHESION POLICY IN 2014-2020: AN ACADEMIC AND POLICY DEBATE
SECOND EU COHESION POLICY CONFERENCE
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 DG Regio, 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.
Papers are invited on the following questions and themes which will form the basis for workshop sessions, panel debates and discussion groups at the Conference.
1. Economic geography and Cohesion policy: how are the economic and social challenges for European Structural & Investment Funds changing?
- the implications of the crisis for regional and urban disparities and convergence in Europe
- the contributions and limits of Cohesion policy in dealing with the crisis and its legacy
- the regional dimensions of Europe 2020 and the scope for the Funds to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
- the role of the funds in addressing youth unemployment
2. Institutions and governance: what can Cohesion policy do to strengthen public administration and effective management of the Funds?
- administrative reform, capacity-building and Cohesion policy
- strategic management and delivery of Cohesion policy programmes
- integration of Funds and policy outcomes
- the scope for conditionalities to improve the policy environment for the Funds
3. Performance and results: how can Cohesion policy resources be used most effectively and efficiently?
- the achievements of Structural and Cohesion Funds in 2007-13
- the contribution of performance frameworks to transparency and accountability
- improving methods for Cohesion policy evaluation
4. Instruments: what kind of Cohesion policy interventions make a difference?
- the role of financial instruments in improving access to finance in less-developed regions
- the use of integrated investments to promote sustainable urban development
- lessons from local and community development for 2014-20
- improving the visibility of results from European Territorial Cooperation programmes and projects
5. EU economic governance and Cohesion policy: what are the implications of governance reforms for Cohesion policy
- the relationships between Cohesion policy and EU macroeconomic governance objectives
- inter-institutional relations in economic governance and Cohesion policy
- scenarios for economic and monetary union and implications for Cohesion policy
Submission of papers
Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 500-word abstract through the Regional Studies Association online portal (https://members.regionalstudies.org/lounge/Meetings/Meeting?ID=120) by31 October 2014. Given the purpose and audience of the conference, the abstracts should demonstrate policy implications or lessons insofar as possible.
Proposers will be notified of the selected papers by 30 November 2014, with the expectation of a full paper being submitted by 11 January 2015.
It should be noted that the organisation of the Conference is being managed jointly by the RSA, DG Regio and the Latvian EU Presidency.
Academic organiser: Professor John Bachtler, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, UK
RSA organiser: Daniela Carl, Emaildaniela.email@example.com
Please contact Elizabeth Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org further details and questions regarding this event or visit the conference’s website athttp://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/challenges-for-the-new-cohesion-policy-in-2014-2020-an-academic-and-policy
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16 September 2014
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11 September 2014
7 September 2014
EuroPCom 2014: More than 60 speakers confirmed
More than 60 politicians and experts have confirmed their participation at the 5thedition of EuroPCom, the European Conference on Public Communication. The conference will welcome, among many others, Herman Van Rompuy (President of the European Council), Sandro Gozi (Italian State Secretary for Europe), Michel Lebrun(President of the Committee of the Regions), Jacques Séguéla (founding father of the French advertising industry),Dietmar Dahmen (advertising expert) andJoakim Jardenberg (internet adviser and business angel).
An updated programme with an overview of the speakers and selected case studies is now available on the EuroPCom conference website:www.cor.europa.eu/europcom
EuroPCom gathers every year over 700 communication experts from EU, national, regional and local authorities, to take part in a selection of lectures, debates and interactive workshops and share their views and experiences on major challenges in EU communication and government communication. Registration is still possible until 6 October 2014 (eob), by using the online form on the conference website. Priority will be given to stakeholders from public authorities.
Reconnecting Europe with its citizens: more and better communication at local level
The EU Committee of the Regions is drawing up an opinion on “Reconnecting Europe with its citizens". The opinion will set out recommendations from Europe’s regions and cities on the future communication strategy of the EU institutions: a greater role for local and regional EU communicators, more dialogue with and among the citizens, a better coordination among the EU institutions. The draft opinion is now published online.
During the EuroPCom conferenceChristophe Rouillon, who is responsible for drafting the opinion, will present the main findings and proposals and discuss them with communicators and policy experts from the regions.
Have your say on the future communication and participation strategy of the EU institutions!
EuroPCom ends with a unique "Unconference" on Open Policy Making
Making policy in an open way is a very different way of making policy. It is about including the wisdom of those outside government. The democratic sector and progressive governments and institutions are working together to break new ground in how this can, could and will be done now and in future decades. At the unconference participants can talk about their own projects or potential new ones, simply sit and listen, or connect with people working at the forefront of opening up the policy and decision making process.
More information, and link to a specific registration form for this unconference isavailable online.
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