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Measuring and monitoring the impact of regional policy on an aggregate scale is a relatively recent goal for the EU. The increasing prominence of good governance as a key instrument for territorial cooperation and sustainable development has been accompanied by a mounting interest in the elaboration of a huge range of governance indicators and measurement… » read more

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Search for Twinning Partners

A call is now open to select 16 regions or cities interested in partnering with 8 case study regions on improving multi-level governance: deadline 22 January 2014. The study, funded by DG REGIO and carried out by a consortium led by Spatial Foresight, aims to generate lessons from policy experiences and to stimulate learning and… » read more

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Borders are by excellence spaces of multiculturalism and migration. For this purpose I publish here a very good lecture on migration and development given by Prof. Paul Collier at the Central European University in Budapest:

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New ETC Regulations

Today, the EP voted to endorse the reform of the Cohesion Policy for the next 7 years. More details here: After the adoption of the New EU Regulations on the ETC some other technical steps are needed: the approval of a Delegated Act concerning the eligibility of the expenditures and a Geography Act referring… » read more

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New Silk Road

Back in 2011 the US State Secretary Hillary Clinton launched a new strategy for Afghanistan’s economic development, aimed at making the war-torn country a hub of commerce rather than of religious extremism and strife. This modern version of the ancient Silk Road has some of the characteristics of the Marshal Plan. From this perspective I… » read more

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Subsidiarity in the EU

During the last two decades the EU has gained more and more competences to formulate public policies. This happend within a broader process of sharing sovereignty and legitimacy with the Member States. In a nutshell, the subsidiarity principle says that “in areas which do not fall within its exclusive competence, the Union shall act only… » read more

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