Publication of two new European Policy Research Papers (EPRP)
New EPRC contribution to the debate on the future of Cohesion policy and the implementation of Cohesion policy in the field of regional development
41st IQ-Net Conference (Athens): Making Structural Funds smart and recognised
What progress are ESIF Managing Authorities making with smart specialisation strategies? And how are the ESIF communication plans for 2014-20 developing?
Analysis for the revised North Sea 2020 Strategy
2016 - 2016
The project involves a background statistical review and area analysis of the North Sea ...
Study on improving the take up and effectiveness of financial instruments
2016 - 2017
The project involves research on the take up and effectiveness of financial instruments (FIs). ...
Territorial strategies supported by EU territorial tools
2016 - 2017
The project involves mapping how integrated territorial approaches are being planned and ...
The impact of Cohesion policy on EU identification (COHESIFY)
2016 - 2017
The project involves research on the contribution of Cohesion policy to citizens’ ...
Guide for sustainable urban development
2015 - 2015
The project, commissioned by the World Bank, examined the development, management and ...
Transnational cooperation projects in LEADER - analysis of their potentials and outlook into the 2014-20 programme period
2015 - 2015
The project involved examining the added value or transnational cooperation under LEADER, using ...
21-23 November: 41st IQ-Net meeting in Athens
01 November 2016
Members of the IQ-Net network are getting together to exchange views and experiences on Smart Specialisation Strategies and Cohesion policy communication.
IQ-Net is a network of regional and national partners across the EU whose aim is to improve the quality of Structural Funds programme management through exchange of experience. The network involves a structured programme of applied research and debate; network partners meet twice a year, with conferences being hosted by the partners on a rotation basis.
IQ-Net was launched in 1996 and is managed by the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Partner organisations are mainly regional or national European Structural and Investment Funds managing authorities or programme secretariats.
IQ-Net enables programme managers and their partnerships to exchange experience and share good practice on specific themes relating to the design, delivery, management and evaluation of the Structural Funds programmes. Briefing papers are prepared by EPRC as the basis for discussion at each meeting, bringing together comparative experience from across the EU. In addition to regular progress updates on the programmes, thematic papers are also discussed at each conference. Recent papers have covered: the results-orientation in 2014-20 programmes in terms of project generation and selection approaches; youth unemployment; the performance turn in EU Cohesion policy; innovation and 'Smart Specialisation' in Cohesion policy programmes; the use of financial instruments in Cohesion policy programmes; the evaluation and monitoring of 2014-2020 programmes; and, the simplification of Cohesion policy delivery. For more information on the network or to express interest in joining it see the IQ-Net website.
The EoRPA Consortium is a group of government ministries and agencies from eleven European countries which fund a research programme on regional policy developments in the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland. The research includes an ongoing comparative assessment of changes in regional policy, set in the context of the EU Regional Aid Guidelines and the EU Structural and Investment Funds. The Consortium also funds thematic studies on selected regional policy issues.
It was established in October 1978 when government departments responsible for regional policy in Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom decided to fund a comparative study of regional incentive policy in the European Community. The focus of the research was on policy change and the reasons for change over time, with the aim of gaining comparative policy lessons. In addition, an annual meeting of senior policymakers from the sponsoring countries was held to facilitate the exchange of views on policy developments in an informed yet informal atmosphere.
The first annual meeting was held in January 1980; the 2016 meeting will be the 37th annual meeting.