University of Strathclyde

October 12, 2017

What can we learn from the initiative ‘Interreg Volunteer Youth’ to make EU communication better?

‘Reconnecting with citizens’ has been on the European agenda for the last few years, and it became serious with the UK referendum, which resulted in Brexit.
September 4, 2017

Cohesion policy in numbers – an exploratory journey through the data bases

For many, Cohesion policy comes down to direct results visible just around the corner, in close proximity, namely new roads, refurbished buildings and professional trainings teaching new skills. However, my colleagues and I have decided to take a step back and embrace the policy with a […]
June 26, 2017

Rethinking post-2020 Cohesion Policy: structural transformation and inclusive growth

In a context of reduced trust in the democratic institutions due to the financial, economic and migration crises and in view of the 7th Cohesion Forum, taking place in Brussels on 26 and 27 June 2017, Professor John Bachtler, director of the COHESIFY project, and fellow […]
June 22, 2017

The European Pillar of Social Rights: White or Toothless Tiger?

Within EU institutions, there is an increasing perception of the need to revisit the European approach to growth and revive the European social model, introducing a stronger dimension of social equity in public policies and increased protection of social rights for EU citizens and residents.   […]
June 13, 2017

The 2008 Economic Crisis and Entrepreneurship in Europe

One of the key elements of the Europe 2020 Growth and Jobs Strategy is to promote employment through entrepreneurship and self-employment.
June 7, 2017

INFORM-INIO network meeting: Making the results of Cohesion policy more visible to citizens

COHESIFY was represented at the INFORM and INIO network of EU Cohesion policy communicators held on 30 May – 1 June in Burgenland, Austria.
June 6, 2017

Cohesion Policy Regional Implementation Settings: A Definition and a Measurement

The relationship between Communitarian policies and citizens’ identification in the EU values has been treated in the literature by several studies. They focused, for instance, on the impact of the introduction of the common currency or the Erasmus program, claiming that it is through actions of […]
May 15, 2017

How do citizens across the different regions identify with the EU?

EU Cohesion Policy, supporting a variety of projects that support regional economic development and contribute to betterment of quality of life, can be considered as a tool that is contributing to the development of a ‘sense of community’ among the EU citizens and shaping the perceptions […]
March 21, 2017

Are strategies for communicating Structural Funds effective?

Yes and No is the answer from research by the European Policies Research Centre for IQ-Net. A recent meeting of IQ-Net programme managers and communication experts, and a new IQ-Net paper, identified the successes and drawbacks of communication strategies and the important priorities for the remaining […]
December 20, 2016

Differentiation in the management of Cohesion policy: an idea whose time has come?

On 16 November 2016, the General Affairs Council concluded that the renewal of Cohesion policy needs to consider “the introduction of differentiation into the implementation of the ESI Funds programmes based on objective criteria and positive incentives for programmes”.