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Regional governance in the EU

03-10-2018

The quality of public institutions has a major impact on social and economic development at regional level. Regions with high government effectiveness, low corruption and high-quality public services tend to have higher outcomes in terms of economic performance, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, education, health, and subjective well-being. Administrative capacity-building is therefore crucial, as it has a positive impact on creating conditions conducive to economic and social progress ...

The quality of public institutions has a major impact on social and economic development at regional level. Regions with high government effectiveness, low corruption and high-quality public services tend to have higher outcomes in terms of economic performance, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, education, health, and subjective well-being. Administrative capacity-building is therefore crucial, as it has a positive impact on creating conditions conducive to economic and social progress. The 2017 European Quality of Government Index (EQI) shows that institutional quality still varies across EU regions, but the traditional north-south and east-west divisions seem to be slowly blurring. While northern countries remain at the top, the eastern regions have made the most improvement compared with previous editions of the index. Some southern regions, meanwhile, have experienced a decline over the past few years. In the 2014 to 2020 period, EU cohesion policy has offered a variety of funding sources and instruments to support local and regional authorities. Investments are available for enhancing the management of EU funds and for building long-term institutional capacity. Specific actions include training for civil servants, cross-border cooperation, e-government tools, efforts to optimise procedures, and modernisation of public service delivery.

Research for REGI Committee - Tools to support the territorial and urban dimension in cohesion policy: Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) and Community-Led Local Development (CLLD)

30-10-2015

For the 2014-2020 programming period the regulations encourage the usage of integrated and place-based oriented approaches to foster economic, social and territorial cohesion , at the same time putting a greater weight on urban development actions in order to attain the Europe 2020 Strategy goals. These territorial approaches can be implemented by using tools such as the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) and the Community-Led Local Development (CLLD). The Partnership Agreements, between the ...

For the 2014-2020 programming period the regulations encourage the usage of integrated and place-based oriented approaches to foster economic, social and territorial cohesion , at the same time putting a greater weight on urban development actions in order to attain the Europe 2020 Strategy goals. These territorial approaches can be implemented by using tools such as the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) and the Community-Led Local Development (CLLD). The Partnership Agreements, between the Member States and the European Commission, should indicate how ITI and CLLD will be used by Member States and the types of areas and challenges that these mechanisms will address.

Energy Union: the regional and local dimension

01-10-2015

The Energy Union strategy, launched in February 2015, integrates all EU energy policy ambitions and objectives to date and seeks to capitalise on the various funds and initiatives already in place. EU cohesion policy, aimed at ensuring balanced development across EU territory, will make a significant contribution to the fulfilment of the Energy Union’s overarching goal of decarbonisation. For the period 2014-20, €38 billion will be available under the European Fund for Regional Development and ...

The Energy Union strategy, launched in February 2015, integrates all EU energy policy ambitions and objectives to date and seeks to capitalise on the various funds and initiatives already in place. EU cohesion policy, aimed at ensuring balanced development across EU territory, will make a significant contribution to the fulfilment of the Energy Union’s overarching goal of decarbonisation. For the period 2014-20, €38 billion will be available under the European Fund for Regional Development and the Cohesion Fund to support investments in the low-carbon economy. To help regions make best use of this funding, different expertise-sharing platforms have been established, notably in the field of research and innovation. The local and regional levels are actively involved in on-the-ground delivery of EU energy policy ambitions. Useful lessons can be drawn from cooperation initiatives in place at this level, in view of a possible replication in other parts of Europe, contributing to further integration in the energy field. With almost 75% of the EU's population living in European cities, the Energy Union clearly has an urban dimension. Cooperation frameworks include the Covenant of Mayors and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities.

The regions in the Digital Single Market – ICT and digital opportunities for regions and cities

01-10-2015

The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy. The European Commission estimates that completing a Digital Single Market could contribute €415 billion per year to Europe's economy, create 3.8 million jobs and transform public services. Local and regional authorities may well benefit from many of the opportunities which the digital era offers. The European Commission has presented different initiatives in order to boost the use of information and communications ...

The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy. The European Commission estimates that completing a Digital Single Market could contribute €415 billion per year to Europe's economy, create 3.8 million jobs and transform public services. Local and regional authorities may well benefit from many of the opportunities which the digital era offers. The European Commission has presented different initiatives in order to boost the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in Europe. The Digital Agenda for Europe, which was announced in 2010 in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy, aimed to promote economic recovery and improve social inclusion through a more digitally proficient Europe. The Digital Single Market strategy, introduced in 2015, complements the Digital Agenda for Europe. Achieving a Digital Single Market will ensure that Europe maintains its position as a world leader in the digital economy, helping European companies to grow globally. Equally, enhanced use of digital technologies can improve citizens' access to information and culture, and can promote open government, equality and non-discrimination. Although many of the Digital Single Market priorities are dealt with primarily at national level, various initiatives can be explored at the local and regional level, and regions and cities can become active in planning and pursuing their own digital strategies.

Economic, Social and Territorial Situation of Ireland

14-03-2014

This analysis provides an overview of Ireland's economic, political and administrative framework for EU Cohesion Policy, as well as its National Strategic Reference Framework for the 2007-2013 period. The paper also gives an insight into Ireland's preparations for the implementation of the new Cohesion Policy for the 2014-2020 period. The analysis has been prepared in the context of the Committee on Regional Development's delegation to Ireland in March 2014.

This analysis provides an overview of Ireland's economic, political and administrative framework for EU Cohesion Policy, as well as its National Strategic Reference Framework for the 2007-2013 period. The paper also gives an insight into Ireland's preparations for the implementation of the new Cohesion Policy for the 2014-2020 period. The analysis has been prepared in the context of the Committee on Regional Development's delegation to Ireland in March 2014.

Factors Influencing the Spending of Structural Funds Money

01-06-1997

Autore esterno

Eure Consult, Luxembourg

Parlamento europeo - Poteri locali dell'Unione europea, 6-8 Aprile 1994, Bruxelles

01-04-1994

Autore esterno

Axel Bunz, Commission Office, Bonn (D)

The Organization of Local and Regional Government in the European Community

01-01-1994

Autore esterno

Juan Valdes Menendez, Robert Schuman Scholar

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