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Regional policy and structural funds: the distribution conundrum » CPMR News

Regional policy and structural funds: the distribution conundrum » CPMR News | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it
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Fresh Updates and Key Findings from EU Enlargemen


EU Enlargement Key findings:

Key findings of the 2013 Progress Report on Bosnia and Herzegovina
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-889_en.htm

Key findings of the 2013 Progress Report on Albania
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-888_en.htm

Key findings of the 2013 Progress Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-890_en.htm

Key findings of the Progress Report on Kosovo*
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-892_en.htm

Key findings of the 2013 Progress Report on Montenegro
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-893_en.htm

Key findings of the Progress Report on Serbia
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-894_en.htm

EU enlargement: priorities for 2014
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-930_en.htm

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Inforegio: Quality of Life in European Cities” Survey: a snapshot of citizens’ anxieties and hopes in urban centres

European Commission - Inforegio provides general and specific information on activities of the european regional development fund, the cohesion fund and the structural instrument for pre-accession
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'If You Live Near Other People, You're Probably a Democrat. If Your Neighbors Are Distant, Republican'

'If You Live Near Other People, You're Probably a Democrat. If Your Neighbors Are Distant, Republican' | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it
The latest evidence of the political influence of density.
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CoR - Time to re-think EU2020? CoR calls on Europe's cities and regions to give their view

CoR - Time to re-think EU2020? CoR calls on Europe's cities and regions to give their view | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) has called on Europe's local and regional authorities to give their opinion on the impact of the EU's growth strategy – Europe 2020 – at a local level. The review of Europe 2020 was launched during a CoR conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, and invites all EU local and regional authorities to take part contributing to its assessment of the strategy with the results being formally published in March 2014.

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Social Benefits and Migration: A Contested Relationship and Policy Challenge in the EU | The Centre for European Policy Studies

Social Benefits and Migration: A Contested Relationship and Policy Challenge in the EU | The Centre for European Policy Studies | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it
Following the financial crisis that commenced in 2008, the relationship between migration and social benefits has become increasingly contested in a number of large EU member states.
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Sustainable urban mobility planning in Terrassa

Sustainable urban mobility planning in Terrassa | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it

As part of our CASCADE project, cities met in Terrassa for a peer learning visit on improving Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.

 

Two peer-to-peer learning visits took place in June and July 2013 in Terrassa, Spain to help cities improve their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). The visits were organised as part of a series of mutual learning events in the framework of our CASCADE project on local energy leadership. 

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The Real Reason Creative Workers Are Good for the Economy

The Real Reason Creative Workers Are Good for the Economy | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it
A new study shows that creative class workers spur innovation, no matter their field.
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New study dispels migration myths

A new World Migration Report released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday looks for the first time at the global picture of the well-being of migrants and dispels some of the migration myths which currently exist.
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CoR - Better spending is one of the top priorities for the next programming period

CoR - Better spending is one of the top priorities for the next programming period | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it

Europe is ceaselessly searching for a way out of the crisis. Citizens and local and regional governments are bearing the brunt of present financial constraints. On the occasion of OPEN DAYS 2013 – currently "the biggest event in the world focusing on regional and urban development" – we met with Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, to discuss the challenges that are now facing Europe's regions and cities. Commissioner Hahn stressed: "We need an in-depth political debate with our regional partners to better target the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in the future". We have to find out how to better spend European funds, as "better spending is one of the top priorities for the next programming period; citizens will be able to then see what is done with their money".

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Have a say on Europe 2020

Have a say on Europe 2020 | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) invites you to take part in the final stage of the assessment of Europe 2020 strategy. That way you can contribute to its rethinking in the forthcoming new EU legislature: the European Council, the new European Parliament to be elected in May 2014, and the new European Commission which will start working in January 2015. CoR will present a Political Declaration on the Future of Europe 2020 as seen by EU cities and regions to them.

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Achieving sustainable development is the overriding challenge of the 21st century | UN DESA

Achieving sustainable development is the overriding challenge of the 21st century | UN DESA | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it

A United Nations top official today underlined that focusing on achieving sustainable development will be crucial for Member States if they want to succeed in reducing some of the world’s most pressing issues such as poverty, economic instability and social inequality.

“Achieving sustainable development is the overriding challenge of the 21st century,” said the President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, at the launch of a paper presented by his High-Level Advisory Panel, led by renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs.

 

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DG Regional And Urban Policy launches today the public consultation on the EU Strategy For The Adriatic And Ionian Region

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I encourage anyone with knowledge about the area or interests regarding its development to participate in the consultation!

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Eurostat regional yearbook 2013 A more detailed view of the EU through regional statistics

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Self-employed or not self-employed? Working conditions of ‘economically dependent workers’ - Background paper

Self-employed or not self-employed? Working conditions of ‘economically dependent workers’ - Background paper | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it

In recent years, practices such as outsourcing and contracting-out have increasingly blurred the boundaries between dependent employment and self-employment. A new group of workers has emerged, which comprises workers who are formally ‘self-employed’, but present some characteristics of employees. These ‘economically dependent workers’ usually have a commercial contract (or ‘service contract’) rather than an employment contract; they are therefore registered as self-employed when in reality their working conditions have a lot in common with those of employees. The purpose of this short exploratory paper is to investigate the position of these economically dependent workers and to find out whether overall their working conditions are more similar to those of the self-employed or to those of employees. This exercise builds on data from the 2010 wave of the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS).

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Europe falling behind in digital era

Europe falling behind in digital era | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it
The EU launched today its Opening up Education initiative, the Commission's response to the opportunities of the digital era in the field of education.  "Digital technology and content has improved, and countries around the world, from the US to...
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EU public transport could learn from Bogotá, road lobby suggests

EU public transport could learn from Bogotá, road lobby suggests | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it
SPECIAL REPORT [1] / The road transport lobby is casting admiring glances at
Bogotá’s rapid bus transit system as it looks to vastly increase the
number of people using public transport in the EU by 2025.
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Inforegio: Panorama 47 now available

The Autumn edition of Panorama magazine is now online.

 

The centrepiece is a feature on how EU regions are leading the way in the realm of eco-innovation. The EU's Structural and Investment Funds are promoting smart, sustainable growth through green, energy-efficient projects profiled in this article. There is also a selection of articles highlighting some of the main workshops and seminars at this Year's OPEN DAYS event, from the OPEN DAYS University's Master Class to relations between the EU and China & Japan.

 

Elsewhere in this issue you can find an overview of Macro-regional strategies helping coordinate projects in the Danube and Baltic regions, an update on the EU Structural Funds' work in disaster relief, and an explanation of the ex post evaluation process for the 2007-2013 period. You will also find the usual selection of news items and featured projects from across the EU.

This issue of Panorama magazine will be available in 22 languages in the coming weeks.

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Developing the social dimension of a deep and genuine Economic and Monetary Union

Developing the social dimension of a deep and genuine Economic and Monetary Union | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it
Systematic monitoring of key employment and social challenges and stronger employment and social policy coordination are important for a well-functioning EMU, helping to ensure that adequate resources are allocated to tackling these problems in the...
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Czech Republic: 'Rescue plan for Ostrava'

Czech Republic: 'Rescue plan for Ostrava' | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it
The government is preparing a plan in response to the prospect of a “social catastrophe” in the industrial region of Ostrava in the eastern Czech […]
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OECD will soon review the universities role in boosting local enterprise and regional development in Ostrava. Could this help?

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EconoMonitor : Thoughts From Across the Atlantic » To EU or not to EU: Eastern Partnership Countries at the Crossroads

EconoMonitor : Thoughts From Across the Atlantic » To EU or not to EU: Eastern Partnership Countries at the Crossroads | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it

In 2008 Poland and Sweden launched the European Union’s Eastern Partnership initiative. Its aim was to provide a venue for discussions on trade and other issues with the former Soviet Union states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine with the prospects of concluding Free Trade Agreements, liberalizing visa regimes and embracing other forms of closer cooperation. In 2011 Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan came up with a rival idea of establishing the Eurasian Union and in 2012 established a Customs Union comprising these three countries. Russia has recently been pushing the Eastern Partnership countries other than Belarus to join the Customs Union. In August it introduced temporary extra checks on imports from Ukraine (Reuters). More recently imports of Moldovan wines and spirits have been banned by Russia (Nielsen). Armenia has apparently already given in to this pressure (The Moscow Times). Ahead of the Vilnius Summit at the end of November the Eastern Partnership countries face the fundamental choice whether to proceed on the path of deeper trade integration with the EU or join the Customs Union led by Russia (the options are mutually exclusive).

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Give Cities responsibility over welfare to help people into work | Policy Exchange

Give Cities responsibility over welfare to help people into work | Policy Exchange | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it

Individual cities rather than central government should be in charge of helping local people into work.
 

A new Policy Exchange report, Cultures of Dependency, says that in the future employment support must better understand the pressures that families, social networks and communities put on unemployed people. Devolving power and money would allow individual Jobcentres to pilot new innovative ways of delivering local personalised support to help people find a job. Support could also be targeted at whole families, peer groups or estates in order to tackle serious barriers to work like a poor work ethic or family problems.

 
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Leveraging Large Scale Development for Equity and Sustainability?

Leveraging Large Scale Development for Equity and Sustainability? | European Spatial Planning | Scoop.it
The Oakland waterfront redevelopment project called Oak to Ninth is back in the news after Governor Brown and Mayor Quan recently secured $1.5 billion in funding from a Chinese investment…
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