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8th Evaluation Conference of EU Cohesion Policy - 20-21 June 2019, Bucharest, Romania


With its strategic orientation aimed at fostering shared prosperity across Europe, EU cohesion policy invests in the social, economic and environmental fabric of Europe's regions. It harnesses creativity and cooperation across more than 270 regions, touching the lives of about 500 million European citizens.

Over the last three decades, EU cohesion policy has been evolving and modernising, inspired by good practices in the Member States and shared investment challenges. Cohesion policy not only invests in development, but also encourages participatory planning, social responsibility, accountability and transparency for its investments. It promotes an inclusive vision of a common future, building upon sound principles of performance-oriented governance, EU added value, and durable benefits. Evaluations performed at the European Commission and Member States level have been instrumental to gather evidence to support cohesion policy transformation.

In this event, we invite policy makers, national, regional and local authorities, managing authorities, evaluation experts, academics, civil society and other stakeholders to reflect on the role and exchange views on the contribution of the policy to promoting performance-oriented public investments and to developing a culture of evaluation in Member States. Join us in this dialogue on how the policy can contribute further to the consolidation of a result-oriented approach of EU-wide investments to the benefit of European citizens.

Agenda en pdf

A poster exhibition of evaluations undertaken by the Member States will run in parallel to the Conference.

The plenary sessions of the conference will be moderated by Jacki Davis, with interpretation in Romanian, German, French and English

Thursday, 20 June 2019

8:30 - 09:45

Registration and welcome coffee

09:45 – 10:30

Session 1: Opening
Keynote speech:

  • Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy

Welcoming addresses

  • Vasile-Daniel Suciu, Vice Prime Minister of Romania, Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration
  • Michael Schneider, Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Envoy of the State of Saxony-Anhalt to the Federal Government of Germany

10:30

Family photo and press conference

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30

Introductory speech
EU Focus on Performance in the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework
Maria Rosa Aldea Busquets, Deputy Director-General for Budget, European Commission

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2: Evaluation of cohesion policy – role and reach
Introductory remarks:

  • Roxana Minzatu, Minister of European Funds of Romania

Panel discussion:

  • Mihaela Virginia Toader, Secretary of State, Ministry of European Funds of Romania
  • Andrey Novakov, Member of the Committee on Regional Development, European Parliament
  • Michael Schneider, Member of the European Committee of the Regions
  • Duarte Rodrigues, Vice President of the Agency for the Development and Cohesion of Portugal
  • John Bachtler, Professor and Director of the European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde and the Technical University of Delft
  • Eric von Breska, Director for Policy, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00

Session 3 – Parallel workshops

Workshop 1: Evaluation of public policy – state of the art

Chair: Ioana Cristina Condurat, Deputy Head of Evaluation and Impact Assessment Unit, Secretariat-General, European Commission

Speakers:

  • Christiane Arndt, Head of Programme, Measuring Regulatory Performance, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD
  • Frauke Hoss, Policy Officer at Evaluation and Impact Assessment Unit, Secretariat-General, European Commission
  • Jeff Chelsky, Manager of Economic Management and Country Programmes, Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), World Bank

Workshop 2: Smart specialisation strategies – monitoring and evaluation

Chair: Peter Berkowitz, Head of Smart and Sustainable Growth Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Speakers:

  • Pierre-Alexandre Balland, Assistant Professor of Economic Geography at Utrecht University and visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Media Lab), The Netherlands and USA
  • Attila Varga, Professor of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Pécs, Hungary
  • Mara Giua, Researcher at Department of Economics and Rossi-Doria Centre, Roma Tre University, Italy

Workshop 3: Territorial integrated strategies – monitoring and evaluation

Chair: Marek Teplanský, Head of Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Speakers:

  • Alessandra de Renzis, Public officer at Tuscany Regional Government, Managing Authority of ERDF Regional Operational Programme Tuscany 2014-2020, Italy
  • Sérgio Barroso, Director of the Centre for Studies and Urban and Regional Development (CEDRU), Portugal
  • Adri Hartkoorn, Programme Secretary of the Managing Authority of the ERDF Operational programme ‘Opportunities for the West’ 2014-2020, The Netherlands

Workshop 4: Impact evaluation and the data revolution

Chair: John Walsh, Team leader at Evaluation and European Semester Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Speakers:

  • Dirk Czarnitzki, Professor at Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Anda Berényi, Client Development Advisor, McKinsey & Company, Belgium
  • Simona De Luca, OpenCoesione coordinator, Evaluation Unit, Department for Cohesion Policy, Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Italy
  • Dario Buono, Team Leader at Methodology, Innovation in Official Statistics Unit, EUROSTAT

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00

Session 4 – Parallel workshops

Workshop 5: Cohesion policy: what works well and what does not?

Chair: Mariana Hristcheva, Head of Evaluation and European Semester Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Speakers:

  • Riccardo Crescenzi, Professor of Economic Geography at London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  • Silvia Vignetti, Director of Evaluation Studies at Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL), Italy
  • John Bachtler, Professor and Director of the European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde and the Technical University of Delft

Workshop 6: Challenges and opportunities of evaluation of cohesion policy in Member States

Chair: Claudia Magdalina, Head of Programmes Evaluation Unit, Ministry of the European Funds of Romania

Speakers:

  • Terry Ward, Director of Studies, Applica, Belgium
  • Balázs Pichler, Head of Evaluation Unit, Ministry for Innovation and Technology of Hungary
  • Jana Drliková, Head of Evaluation Unit, Ministry of Regional Development of Czechia

Workshop 7: Exploiting the European Structural and Investment Funds open data

Chair: John Walsh, Team leader at the Evaluation and European Semester Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

Speakers:

  • Alain Vanden Borre, Team Leader and Webmaster at Communication Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Gabor Toth, Evaluation Officer at Evaluation and Impact Assessment Unit, Directorate- General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Workshop 8: From administrative registers to impacts of the European Social Fund operations

Chair: Maria-José Cueto Faus, Head of Evaluation and Impact Assessment, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Speakers:

  • Nuno Crato, Professor at University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Andrea Naldini, Director for Policy Analysis and Evaluation, Ismeri Europa, Italy
  • Ann Coenen, Statistical Analyst at International Relations and Socio-economic Studies Division, Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue, Belgium

18:30

Social event – classical music concert and cocktail dinner at Romanian Athenaeum (offered by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union)

Friday, 21 June 2019

9:00 - 9:30

Welcome coffee

9:30 – 11:00

Session 1: Policy evaluation for the EU: learning, accountability and communication
Introductory remarks:

  • Iliana Ivanova, Dean of Chamber II ‘Investment for cohesion, growth and inclusion’ in the European Court of Auditors
  • Veronica Gaffey, Chair of Regulatory Scrutiny Board, European Commission

Panel discussion:

  • Iliana Ivanova, Dean of Chamber II ‘Investment for cohesion, growth and inclusion’ in the European Court of Auditors
  • Veronica Gaffey, Chair of Regulatory Scrutiny Board, European Commission
  • Philip McCann, Professor of Urban and Regional Economics, Sheffield University Management School
  • Eric von Breska, Director for Policy, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00

Session 2: Wrap-up and conclusions

Feedback from workshops

  • Chairs/rapporteurs from the parallel workshops

Q&A

Concluding remarks

  • Eric von Breska, Director for Policy, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Closing remarks:

  • Roxana Minzatu, Minister of European Funds of Romania

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch

  • We warmly invite you to register: Registration website

    Registration deadline has been extented to 10 June 2019

    Please note that due to Commission’s internal procedures, it is necessary to use an EU Login (ECAS account) to access the registration form. In case you do not have an ECAS account, you can either create one, access via social media or use your national electronic ID (for selected countries only). After successful login, you will be able to register to the Conference. Make sure to have your passport/ID ready as you will need it (see template of registration form pdf with all required information). If you do not complete your registration on the first attempt, you will not be able to resume your registration directly: in this case you will receive an email within 24 hours with a direct link to fill in the missing information. After your registration is complete, you will receive an e-mail with acknowledgement of registration. A confirmation email will follow.

  • Organisation responsible: Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission
  • Contact: If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR REGIONAL AND URBAN POLICY, unit B.2. For this purpose, please send an E-Mail to: regio-eval-conference@ec.europa.eu
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Practical information (PDF version) en pdf

Conference venue

Radisson Blu Hotel
Calea Victoriei 63 - 81 Sector 1
10065 Bucharest, Romania
Tel: +40 21 311 9000
Fax: +40 21 313 9000
Email: info.bucharest@radissonblu.com
Web: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-bucharest

The hotel is located in central area of Bucharest (Sector 1), with metro station and bus stops nearby.

Public transport nearby

  • Luterana, Bus stop – 150 m
  • Stirbei Voda, bus stop – 200 m
  • Calea Victoriei, bus stop – 600 m
  • Piaţa Romană, bus stop and metro station – 600 m
  • Henri Coandă International Airport – 18 km

How to reach the conference venue from the airport?

By bus

  • 783 Express line connects Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport with the city centre. The line operates during day and night (at night bus leaves every 40 minutes), and the closest stop to the hotel is Piaţa Romană, on 600 metres walking distance to the hotel.
  • 780 Express line connects Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport with the North Railway Station (Gara de Nord: the main railway station). From Gara de Nord, please take the bus line 133 to Calea Victoriei and walk about 600 meters to arrive at the hotel.

Airport bus stops are located in front of the Arrivals Terminal and Departures Terminal.
Price for one trip is 3,5 RON (less than 1 EUR).

For further information, please consult http://www.bucharestairports.ro/en/transport/bus.

By train

  • There are trains connecting Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport and Bucharest Gara de Nord. The passengers can reach the Căile Ferate Române (CFR, 'Romanian Railways') Airport Stop by shuttle buses departing from the Arrivals Terminal. Tickets for the train/transfer bus are available at the ticket office located in the International Arrivals public area, as well as from all the railway station ticket offices and travel agencies in the country. One ticket costs 6,8 RON (approx.ly 1,5 EUR). From Gara de Nord, please take the bus line 133 to Calea Victoriei and walk about 600 meters to arrive at the hotel.

For further information, please consult http://www.bucharestairports.ro/en/transport/train-connection.

By taxi

  • Licensed taxis are located at the exit of the airport terminal. Touch screen terminals are available for customers who want to order taxi from a certain company.

For further information, please consult http://www.bucharestairports.ro/en/transport/taxi.  

Travel and Accommodation

  • Participants must make their own arrangements for travel and hotel accommodation.
  • Please note that the European Commission will not reimburse these expenses.
  • Many hotels of different categories are located at walking distance.

For further information, please consult http://www.romania.travel/en/.

Social event venue

Romanian Athenaeum (Filarmonica George Enescu)
București - Str. Benjamin Franklin nr.1-3, sector 1
Email: office@fge.org.ro
Web: https://www.fge.org.ro/ 

The Romanian Athenaeum is located 300 metres from the Conference venue.

Other useful information

  • The national currency is the Romanian New Lei (RON). The exchange rate is approximately 1 RON = 0,21 EUR.
  • It could be useful to have a small amount of cash in the national currency, especially for public transportation or taxi, because credit cards may not be always accepted.
  • Travel to Romania requires passport/ID control, as the destination is outside the Schengen area.