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”.
December 14, 2016

COHESIFY partner meeting in Warsaw

The ten partners of the COHESIFY project gathered in Warsaw on 7 and 8 December 2016 to discuss the state of play of the project and to plan the research activities for 2017.
November 22, 2016

100 EUR per person / year

The statistics from the previous article show that the majority of European citizens are uninterested and/or uninformed about the EU. With populist parties on the rise, it is dangerous that many do not know what the EU does. There is a quick fix to this problem […]
November 16, 2016

The EU speaks only to 25% of European citizens

“A couple of weeks ago, I had occasion to “share our experience” before a panel of Italians in the European Parliament. The MEP assistant told me they were looking for practical advice, not a big speech.  I started with a few remarks and my personal opinion.
November 9, 2016

Party Positions and European Integration

Do sub-national parties care about European integration and EU Cohesion Policy issues in their election manifestos? Are there any differences between sub-national parties’ stances towards European integration and Cohesion Policy across regions and countries?
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


“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 […]
August 5, 2016


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 […]