Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU
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Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU

Edited by Simona Piattoni and Laura Polverari

This Handbook covers all major aspects of EU Cohesion policy, one of the most significant areas of intervention of the European Union. Over five parts, It discusses this policy’s history and governing principles; the theoretical approaches from which it can be assessed; the inter-institutional and multi-level dynamics that it tends to elicit; its practical implementation and impact on EU member states; its interactions with other EU policies and strategies; and the cognitive maps and narratives with which it can be associated. An absolute must for all students of the EU.
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Chapter 10: The European Committee of the Regions and EU Cohesion policy

Justus Schönlau


The chapter looks at how the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has contributed to the debates about Cohesion policy over the first two decades of the CoR’s existence. Apart from the consultative opinions, which the CoR prepares on major Cohesion policy reforms or on the periodic reports on economic and social cohesion, this Committee has also developed a number of other activities in order to influence Europan Union (EU) policy-making. Through its networks and interinstitutional relations at EU and national level, the CoR mobilises local expertise, promotes its understanding of multilevel governance, and provides practical experience, expert knowledge, political legitimacy and visibility to support the Cohesion policy community.

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