Panorama Magazine - The quarterly magazine for actors of regional development
Nr 51. - The new Commission takes office
The Winter edition of Panorama leads with an exclusive interview with the new Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu, in which she outlines her vision of the development of the policy over the coming years. Another major article shows how EU Cohesion Policy is helping to tackle the challenges of climate change and energy security by investing in the low-carbon economy. We also take a look at a number of initiatives which have been launched by the European Commission to assist EU Member States in boosting administrative capacity for managing European Structural and Investment Funds, and analyse the ‘Van den Brande Report’ on Multilevel Governance and Partnership, which aims to ensure better coherence between the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Partnership Agreements.
Elsewhere we review the success of this year's OPEN DAYS event in Brussels; outline the main challenges and results of the Italian Presidency of the European Council; look at the future of the EU's Urban Agenda; and explore the past, present and future of Interreg territorial cooperation.
You will also find the usual selection of news items and featured projects from across the EU.
Nr 50. - Towards innovation
The Autumn edition of Panorama contains several special features celebrating the 50th edition of the magazine. Primary among these is an exclusive interview with Commissioner Johannes Hahn in which he reviews the changes in cohesion policy during his term in office. An in-depth article on the recently published 6th Cohesion Report explores how cohesion policy is helping pull Europe out of the economic crisis and encourage innovative and green growth. The latest update on the adoption of Partnership Agreements focusses on Greece: their preparations for the new investment period are explained by a representative from the Greek Ministry of Development and Competitiveness.
Elsewhere we preview this year's OPEN DAYS event in Brussels; review progress on the EU's urban agenda; detail the objectives of the European Social Fund; and profile the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
There is also a special 'Readers Contributions' section where various representatives share their thoughts on Panorama and how they would like to see it evolve. You will also find the usual selection of news items and featured projects from across the EU.
Nr 49. - Summer 2014 – Building Partnerships
The Summer edition of Panorama magazine offers an update on the progress of adoption of Partnership Agreements, and goes into detail on the first agreement adopted – Denmark's – with an interview with the heads of the Danish Managing Authorities. We also look back at ten years of enlargement with an overview of the progress made by the ten Member States who joined the Union in 2004 and how they have benefitted from Cohesion Policy.
Elsewhere in this issue we describe the important new governance guidelines and tools designed to combat fraud; go behind the scenes at the Committee of the Regions as they celebrate their 20th anniversary; highlight the work of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in supporting coastal businesses and communities; and there is a report from this year's World Urban Forum in Medellín, attended by Commissioner Hahn.
As in previous issues our readers contribute to the debate in the "In Your Own Words" section where representatives from Member States, regions and associations across Europe share their thoughts on the reform and their hopes for the new funding period. You will also find the usual selection of news items and featured projects from across the EU.
Nr 48. - Winter 2013 - Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 - Momentum builds
The Winter edition of Panorama magazine takes as its theme the reformed Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and analyses the details of what this means for all stakeholders. In an exclusive interview European Commission President Barroso outlines how the reformed Cohesion Policy will help create growth and jobs and achieve the objectives of the Europe2020 Strategy.
Our readers also contribute to the debate in an expanded "In Your Own Words" section where representatives from Member States, regions and associations across Europe share their thoughts on the reform and their hopes for the new funding period.
Elsewhere in this issue we outline the key points of the reform and the thematic priorities; describe the budget approval process from the European Parliament's point of view; provide information on how to apply for funding and a review of communications strategies and obligations. You will also find the usual selection of news items and featured projects from across the EU.
Nr 47. - Autumn 2013 - Eco-innovation: EU regions spearhead moves towards the green economy
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.
Nr 46. - Summer 2013 - Panorama welcomes Croatia
The summer 2013 edition of Panorama magazine is now online in English. The centrepiece is a 6-page feature on the accession of Croatia to the EU, which offers an overview of the accession process, an introduction to Croatia's major industries, examples of successful projects and an interview with Branko Grčić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds.
The other main highlight is a look into the joint auditing process (European Commission and national authorities) to ensure Cohesion Policy funding is properly spent. Also featured are an overview of the recently published Strategic Report on Cohesions Policy, a preview of October's OPEN DAYS event, and an article on the review of State Aid regulations.
Nr 45. - Spring 2013 - Bringing communities together
This issue's highlight is the role of Cohesion policy in returning growth to Europe. Cohesion policy is the investment arm of the EU budget, aiming to boost growth and competitiveness through capitalising on regional strengths. The policy will, in the future, reinforce even more the achievement of the 'Europe 2020' objectives and will focus on sustainable investment with a more effective use of EU, national and regional investment.
Other features include the EU PEACE programme, seeking to build reconciliation of divided communities in Northern Ireland and in the border region of Ireland, as well as an article on the key role of cities - the engines of the European economy. The Commission has recently created an extensive database of best urban development good practice in order to provide a detailed overview of projects, which could be a source of inspiration for cities, managing authorities and other stakeholders.
Nr 44. - Winter 2012 - Smart specialisation - The driver of future economic growth in Europe's regions
The winter 2012 edition of Panorama magazine entitled "Smart Specialisation" is now online. The centrepiece is a 6 page feature on Smart Specialisation strategies as drivers of regional economic growth, which analyses the definitions and possibilities for smart specialisation, the support provided by the S3 Platform, and reports from the European Commission workshop in Bari in September 2012 which helped Italian regions prepare to use these strategies in the 2014-2020 programming period.
The other main highlight is an exclusive interview with Polish Minister for Regional Development Elżbieta Bieńkowska, who describes the progress made by Poland since accession in 2004 in developing its infrastructure, creating jobs and increasing GDP. She also looks to the future and anticipates increasing investment in research & innovation and sustainable energy and transport solutions in the next programming period.
Elsewhere the latest Eurobarometer survey "A view from the regions" is analysed showing some surprisingly positive results regarding quality of life and outlook for the future, and the winners of the Europe In My Region photo competition are featured, along with a pull-out mosaic poster of some of the many entries.
There is also a preview of Regiostars 2014 and another selection of profiles of successful projects from regions across the EU.
Nr 43. - Autumn 2012 - Investing in regions - Using financial instruments to leverage support for regional policy
One of the innovative ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the EU's regional policy is the use of financial instruments. These support mechanisms which range from financial engineering techniques to technical assistance facilities can help attract further funding and bring on board additional expertise and know-how.
Nr 42. - Summer 2012 - Partnership in cohesion policy - Reinforcing implementation of this key principle
At the heart of the successful use of the EU’s Structural Funds lies a partnership with local players at various levels in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the programmes. To generate maximum impact and ensure the most effective use of EU resources, the expertise of the different partners has to be effectively harnessed and integrated.
Nr 41. - Spring 2012 - Targeting results - Fine tuning cohesion policy
A key objective of the new approach to cohesion policy which we unveiled in October 2011 is to make it smarter and more focused. In this way cohesion policy can become the main investment strategy of the European Union post-2013 and the central tool for achieving jobs and growth – the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
Nr 40. - Winter 2011/2012 - Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 investing in Europe's Regions
In October the Commission’s proposals for cohesion policy after 2013 were unveiled.
In this edition of Panorama we give you an overview of the proposals as well as comments from some of the key stakeholders.
This new approach to cohesion policy takes place at a point in time when economic growth is vitally needed across all EU Member States. More than ever Europe has to make the necessary investments at all levels that will help activate its economic potential and create jobs.
Cohesion policy manages more than EUR 350 billion – one-third of the total EU budget – and should become a major instrument for achieving this.
Nr 39. - Autumn 2011 - 2020 The role of Regional Policy in the future of Europe
This edition of Panorama examines the role of regional policy in helping Member States reach the EU’s 2020 strategy targets, delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion.
The 2020 strategy focuses on the three interlinked areas of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. This integrated approach addresses the main challenges facing Europe, both currently and in the decade to come, such as an ageing population, insufficiently qualified workforces, the need for increased innovation, the relation between economic growth and environmental degradation, and energy security.
Nr 38. - Summer 2011 : Connecting Europe - Transport and regional policy
Transport is much more than just getting from one place to another: it is about the networks supported and developed by EU funds helping to shape economic growth, sustainability and access to vital services. In this edition of Panorama, we take a look at the whole picture from high-speed rail linking one country to another, to environmentally friendly urban transport systems.
Nr 37. - Spring 2011 : the EU Strategy for the danube region a united response to common challenges
The Danube, Europe’s second longest river at around 2 850 km, links the Black Forest to the Black Sea and runs through ten countries, with four more in its basin. Hydro-electric power stations, a Pan-European transport corridor and home to some of Europe’s rarest species – the pressures placed on the river are often conflicting and the Region's political changes have had their impact on how challenges are met.
Nr 36. - Winter 2010 - 2011: Delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The fifth report on economic and social cohesion
The EU now boasts a long-term vision for its social market economy, thanks to the Europe 2020 Strategy. Adopted in June 2010, the strategy aims over the next decade to help Europe to exit successfully from the economic crisis while ensuring that Member States are put on a sustainable growth path that will deliver prosperity and social progress for years to come.
Nr 35. - Autumn 2010 : Towards greater social inclusion - Regional policy's contribution
2010 has been designated by the EU as the Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. This edition of Panorama considers the issue and takes a close look at how the actions funded by regional policy are furthering the EU’s goals of an inclusive, productive society.
Nr 34. - Summer 2010 : Regional policy, an integrated approach - A 360° view
In recent years, the debate about European cohesion policy has focused on its benefits as an ‘integrated approach’ towards policy-making. But what does it really mean? This issue of the Panorama magazine sets out to explain what the integrated approach is all about.
Nr. 33 - Spring 2010 : Evaluating Regional Policy - Insights and Results
Between 2000 and 2006, Cohesion Policy not only spent one third of the EU budget, it was also a policy that was challenged by history and helped to change history. The enlargement of the EU by 10 new Member States in 2004 deepened the economic and social disparities in a manner never seen before. The policy had to respond to this challenge without forgetting those that continued to exist in the ‘old’ EU-15.
Nr. 32 - Winter 2009-2010 : Communicating EU Regional Policy
Huge budget, ambitious programmes and large scale projects – for such an influential element of the European Union, European Regional Policy still struggles to get the visibility it deserves. In this issue of Panorama we consider the relevance of communication, examine the regulations that make communication activities obligatory, take a close look at the ways in which communication officers can get their message across and explore intriguing examples of successful activities which draw more on creativity than budget.
Nr. 31 - Autumn 2009 : Climate Change - Responses at regional level
62% of Europeans questioned believe climate change to be the most significant problem facing the world today, a threat Regional Policy and the European Commission as a whole, is taking equally seriously. The EU is putting in place a range of measures to build resilience to the effects of climate change and reduce emission levels.
Nr. 30 - Summer 2009 : The EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy - Towards a sustainable, prosperous future
A large portion of the Baltic Sea’s 8 000 km coastline is shared by eight EU Member States, each with its own priorities and cares, its economic imperatives and political concerns. A shipping highway, all too often a dumping ground – the Baltic Sea is surrounded by nearly one hundred million people.
Nr. 29 - Spring 2009 : Creativity and innovation - Driving competitiveness in the Regions
2009 - The European Year of Creativity and Innovation sets out to inspire a general rethinking of what creativity and innovation mean and how they contribute to our personal, economic and social development. The idea is a broad one, the words hard to define and, although the field is drawing ever more researchers, for now the results remain difficult to quantify. Yet there is no doubt that if the EU wishes to stay competitive and foster the values shared by its Member States, these issues require exploration.