Dorothee Fischer

November 2, 2016

The urban dimension of EU Cohesion Policy

While the EU has no formal competence on urban policy, cities are an increasingly important and explicit target of its policies, not least the EU Cohesion Policy. More than two thirds of EU citizens live in urban areas and that share is set to grow further. […]
November 2, 2016

How to communicate the EU – reflections after Europcom 2016

This year while flying over to Europcom, the annual conference for EU communicators in Brussels, I sat on the plane with a weird feeling in my stomach. I had just watched a documentary film on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean and could not get some […]
October 26, 2016

European Identity and citizen attitudes to Cohesion policy: what do we know ?

“The European Union (EU) requires citizens’ support and identification to enhance its legitimacy. The question of whether and how much European identity is necessary for European integration is highly contested, largely because it is connected to controversial normative debates about the nature of the EU as […]
October 7, 2016

REFORMING COHESION POLICY: THE COMMUNICATION PARADOX

“One problem the policy faces is related to how we communicate about it”. The words of Commissioner Creţu at the Slovak EU Presidency Conference in Bratislava summed up the paradox facing Cohesion policy: there is more evidence than ever before on the added value of the […]
September 12, 2016

“What has the EU ever done for us?”
Panorama, Autumn 2016, N°58

Does EU funding make a difference to how EU citizens perceive the European Union? From the evidence of the recent EU referendum in the United Kingdom, it would seem not. Regions like Cornwall and West Wales and the Valleys, two of the poorer EU regions which […]
August 5, 2016

THE ULTIMATE SUMMER READING LIST ON EUROPEAN IDENTITY!

THE ULTIMATE SUMMER READING LIST ON EUROPEAN IDENTITY! All your bags are packed and you are ready to go on holidays? Are you still looking for some food for thought for the beach? Maybe you always wanted to dig deeper into questions of your identity, whether […]
July 29, 2016

RESULTS OF THE LAUNCH EVENT

RESULTS OF THE LAUNCH EVENT The COHESIFY Project was officially launched in Brussels on 17 June 2016. The event brought together Project partners, advisory board members and experts from European institutions or Member States who deal with Cohesion Policy communication. They shared their good practices and […]
June 21, 2016

BREXIT, EU COHESION POLICY AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE UK

In the heated debate on the economic impact of a possible UK withdrawal from the EU, relatively little attention has been given to the implications for the individual nations and regions of the UK. Yet, as a new paper by John Bachtler and Iain Begg reports,[1] […]