Does the message get across? Improving the communication of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI)
Last week at the European Week of Regions and Cities, which gathered thousands of participants from all over Europe, communication has been at the centre of the stage. The lack of awareness on Cohesion and Regional Policies among citizens is becoming an issue that needs to be tackle. Why the most local and tangible European policies are not even known by Europeans?
The European Week of Regions and Cities is a four-day event that takes place every year since 2003 during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and discuss the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.
As we’ve seen with Brexit and the Catalan situation, regional level may prove quite important for Europe. As we mentioned elsewhere (our case-study regions, cities vs countryside) PERCEIVE Project has a regional focus too and we decided to dive directly into this European event to dig deeper into the topic.
Perceive Project studies the sense of belonging to the European Union in 9 different regions located all over the continent. Our research will contribute to understand how Cohesion Policy‘s implementation influences citizens‘ perception. Read the presentation of our study from University of Bologna‘s team.
Voting preferences on Brexit showed a great divide between rural and urban areas. Should the European Union reconsider its approach and lean towards less spatially blind policies? This is still an open debate, yet it has to be clearly addressed in the future. Read on to find out more about our research findings from University of Portsmouth‘s team.
Smart cities projects have increased their popularity worldwide since their very first implementation. But how and to what extent have they expanded in the European Union? On which topics they have been focusing on? Read further for fresh findings from University of Portsmouth‘s team.
Why do European citizens not know about European projects’ impact? Davide Baruzzi, Project Manager at BAM! Cultural Strategies, tells us how PERCEIVE is going to approach the study of Cohesion Policy with innovative digital and engagement tools.
Citizens vs. practitioners: contrasting opinions might explain different perceptions of EU performance
Can different ideas on Cohesion Policy influence the perception of its efficiency? Monica Mihaela Tudor, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Agricultural Economics of Academia Romana, tells us how PERCEIVE is going to investigate the difference that might exist between practitioners’ view on this relevant EU policy and European citizens.
PERCEIVE is an innovative research project. Nicholas Charron, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at the University of Gothenburg, department of Political Science, explains how the project will be a roadmap for future researches on EU Cohesion Policy. A project that matters not only to the academic community, but also to policy makers, media outlets and all European citizens.