Target groupThe programme is addressed to:public officials working primarily in the field of EU regional integration and economic policies in local, regional or national administrations, coming from the EU 28, candidate or potential candidate countries, who wish to receive a detailed overview of current and future European and regional/local issues;officers working for development agencies or bodies promoting business for SMEs (such as Chambers of Commerce, regional parliaments, etc.) dealing with European economics;social scientists, economists and other professionals from non-governmental organisations or think tanks, who wish to enhance their skills and become specialised in the field of European integration and regional development policies;graduate students wishing to acquire greater and more competitive personal competences, beneficial for a future career in academia or even practice-orientated professions.DescriptionIn the first part of the week, the main aspects of economic integration, (post-) financial crisis and territorial development and its drivers in the EU will be highlighted, regional and urban economic policies in the EU in view of the current financial period will then be progressively presented. The second part will illustrate how territories may steer their own economic destiny, and boost growth while at the same time enhancing cohesion and making smart use of the available EU supportive resources (four cases from four different funds). In the final part, best practice cases will be examined and discussed that are committed to quality management, sustainability and liquidity of public sector finances as guarantors of Europe’ s economic competitiveness.Learning methodologyA variety of training methods will be used throughout the course, such as lectures and practical presentations, workshops and interactive discussions. A special focus will be placed on each teaching session being enhanced by concrete (telling) cases. Additionally, specific material on the topics (Reader) will be provided for each participant in their seminar kit. Participants will thus be able to receive practical advice, exchange experiences and establish contacts and a network with peers for future partnerships and strategies.ObjectivesThe Summer School aims to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of the regional/ urban agenda and economic integration process in the EU, as well as a clear overview of the EU policy instruments in place to strengthen regional/local development competitiveness and growth, taking into account the current (cold) economic and financial climate, the huge challenges it involves, an overarching EU 2020 growth strategy with its new budgetary assignment for 2014-2020, and the impact of its implementation on urban policies. The complexity of the system will be explained in an accessible way, thus also allowing those not familiar with the topic to enhance their knowledge and know-how.
29 Jun 2015 @ 09:00 am
3 Jul 2015 @ 06:00 pm
Duration: 4 days, 9 hours
EIPA Barcelona, K+K Hotel Picasso
Passeig de Picasso