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  • Début du Cours
  • 31 oct 2016
  • Fin du cours
  • 31 jul 2017
  • Effort estimé
  • 01:00 h/semaine
  • Langue
  • Anglais

About This Course

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) offers this MOOC to contribute to capacity-building of regional and local authorities with regard to EU affairs, more particularly on EU budget and funding for regions and cities. While regions and cities matter in EU policy-making, they may have a limited knowledge of how the EU budget works and what are the possibilities for accessing EU funds. The course will attempt to fill this knowledge gap.

This MOOC has been co-created with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission – Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and Directorate-General for Budget (DG BUDG).

The course consists of videos, factsheets, infographics and web-streamed live debates with Q&A from the course participants. Moreover, course followers can interact and contribute via social media and fora. The course will last six weeks, starting on 31 October and ending on 9 December 2016. Studying time is about two hours per week. The course material will remain available online until 31 July 2017.

Format

The MOOC will be delivered in the form of six modules, each of which lasting one week. Participants will focus on one theme per week and will have the opportunity to evaluate their learning progress via a weekly quiz.

Prerequisites

The MOOC is open to anyone who is interested in EU and regional and local affairs. It will mostly target stakeholders active at regional and local level, but everyone is welcome to follow the course.

Pedagogical Team

Wolfgang Petzold

Deputy Director for Communication, Acting Head of Unit "Events", Directorate for Communication of the European Committee of the Regions

Martin Gosset

Administrator in the Directorate for Communication of the European Committee of the Regions

Torsten Brand

Senior Policy Adviser, Office of the Permanent Representative to the EU, European Investment Bank

Petr Mooz

Head of Directorate-General Budget's Information and Communication Unit in the European Commission

With the participation of

Markku Markkula

President of the European Committee of the Regions

Jiří Burianek

Secretary-General, European Committee of the Regions

Professor Liesbet Hooghe

W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professor Iain Begg

Professorial Research Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Dr Jorge Núñez Ferrer

Associate Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Dr Theo Jans

Associate Professor, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Gerry Muscat

Urban Development, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Fotini Koutzoukou

Operations, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Frank Lee

Advisory Services, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Mark Mawhinney

European Investment Advisory Hub

Luc Van den Brande

Chair of the Management Board of the Flanders-Europe Liaison Agency, and Member of the European Committee of the Regions

Alain Lamassoure

Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)

Nadia Calviño

Director-General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Budget

Nicholas Martyn

Deputy Director-General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO)

Dr Brian Holmes

Director, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Martin Weber

Director, Audit - Chamber 2 Directorate - Investment for cohesion, growth and inclusion, European Court of Auditors

Yves Le Lostecque

Head of Unit Sport policy and programme, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture

Raphael Goulet

Head of Unit for Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO)

Frangiscos Nikolian

Head of Unit for Structural Policy and Economic Analysis, European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE)

Stefan De Keersmacker

Deputy Head of Unit for ESF and FEAD: Policy and Legislation, European Commission, Directorate-Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL)

Gregorio Davila Diaz

Policy Officer, Unit for Consistency of rural development, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)

Neville Reeve

Policy Officer, Horizon 2020 policy unit, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD)

Juan Jose Lopez Lledo

Head of Unit CAP and structural policies, European Commission, Directorate-General for the Budget

Thilo Maurer

Budget Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for the Budget

Victoria Gil Casado

Head of Unit Programme management and implementing contracts, European Commission, Directorate-General for the Budget

Ilse Penders-Stadlmann

Director, Liaison Office of the State Government of Lower Austria in Brussels

Louis Vervloet

General Director, ESF Agency Flanders, Belgium

Anna Lisa Boni

Secretary General, EUROCITIES

Anja Katalin De Cunto

Funding and Financing Coordinator, EUROCITIES

Dr. Angelika Poth-Mögele

Executive Director European Affairs, CEMR

Sebastian Marx

CEO, Gothenburg European Office

Tim Caulfield

Director, Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

Course Schedule

  • Week 1: The role of regions and cities in EU affairs

    In this module, participants will learn about multilevel governance in the EU, the influence of regions and cities on EU policies and the role of the CoR, as well as about the basics of EU regional statistics.

    Live debate: Friday 4th November 2016, 13:00-14:15

  • Week 2: How the EU budget works

    The objective of this module is to highlight the historical development and legal foundations of the EU budget, how its revenue and expenditure are made up, how different EU programmes are managed and which key issues are discussed with regard to its future in regions and cities.

    Live debate: Thursday 10th November 2016, 13:00-14:15

  • Week 3: Implementation of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

    In this module, participants will learn more about EU cohesion policy and the way it is managed at regional and local level.

    Live debate: Friday 18th November 2016, 13:00-14:15

  • Week 4: Urban and regional development projects: Making use of EIB funding and the Investment Plan for Europe

    In this module, participants will gain a better understanding of how cities and regions can make use of the European Investment Bank’s funding and advice to support their development projects. Testimonies of beneficiaries and successful projects will be presented.

    Live debate: Friday 25th November 2016, 13:00-14:15

  • Week 5: Other EU programmes relevant to regions and cities

    In this module, participants will learn about relevant funding opportunities for regions and cities, including Horizon 2020, the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME), Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens, Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).

    Live debate: Friday 2nd December 2016, 13:00-14:15

  • Week 6: The debate on the mid-term review of the EU budget 2014-2020 and the post-2020 prospects

    In this module, participants will become familiar with the potential consequences, at regional and local level, of the mid-term review of the MFF for the post-2020 period.

    Live debate: Thursday 8th December 2016, 12:15-13:30

Evaluation

Participants will focus on one theme per week and will have the opportunity to evaluate their learning progress via a weekly quiz. At the end of the MOOC, participants will receive a statement of participation provided that they have followed at least 80% of the compulsory course contents.

Partners

European Investment Bank (EIB)

The EIB is the European Union's bank. It is the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. The EIB works closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy.

Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission (DG REGIO)

DG REGIO strengthens economic, social and territorial cohesion by reducing disparities between regional and national levels of development in the European Union. In this way the policy contributes positively to the overall economic performance of the EU.

Directorate-General for Budget of the European Commission (DG BUDG)

DG BUDG has an important role in budget adoption and implementation: helps define the rules for financial management (Financial Regulation), which are reviewed every 3 years; establishes internal control standards; manages the accounting system and prepares the annual accounts.

FAQ

Why a MOOC on EU budget and funding?

The positive feedback received from the participants of the 2015 MOOC of the European Committee of the Regions highlighted its potential to contribute to strengthening administrative capacity at a local level, as well as raising awareness of the EU policies and their impact to a wider audience. Building on this, a second edition has been developed, with both an introduction on local aspects of EU policy-making, and more specific content providing further insights into the EU budget and funding for regions and cities.

What will participants learn?

Participants will learn more about the EU budget and funding. The objective is to provide: • insights on how the EU budget is set up and spent, in order to get a reasonably good understanding of the related political and legal background; • a practical overview of the possibilities to receive funding and support in order to incentivize more active involvement in EU funding opportunities at regional and local level.

Who can participate?

The course is open to anyone who is interested in EU and regional and local affairs. It will mostly target stakeholders active at regional and local level, but everyone is welcome to follow the course. An e-book collecting key content from the first CoR MOOC will be created and made available on the platform as a recommended reading to prepare for the new MOOC.

Terms Of Use

Course content

BY-NC-ND Creative Commons License: the user must give appropriate credit, may not use the material for commercial purposes and may not distribute a modified material.

Content produced by the participants

Restrictive license: your production remains your intellectual property and can therefore not be reused.