Summer School on EU Economic Integration and Local & Regional Development

30/Jun-4/Jul/2014  •  Barcelona

Project Leader
Alexander Heichlinger
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Target group

The 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 issues;
• officers working for regional/local 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.

In the first part of the week, the main aspects of economic integration, financial crisis and regional development and its drivers in the EU will be highlighted; regional economic policies in the EU in view of the next financial period will then be progressively presented. The second part will illustrate how regions may steer their own economic destiny, and boost growth while at the same time enhancing territorial cohesion and making smart use of the available EU supportive resources. In the final part, a comparative analysis of (local) public management excellence cases and seven steps to reach them are provided.

Learning methodology
A 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 (good) 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 for future partnerships and strategies. The Summer School will offer participants a unique opportunity to network with peers with the same interests and from various nationalities, thus giving them the potential to identify new partners for joint endeavours.

The Summer School aims to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of the regional 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 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 regional 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 knowhow.

This seminar has also been held in:
27/Jun/16 • Barcelona29/Jun/15 • Barcelona