As scholars of regions, most RSA members are of course au fait with EU policies for regions of the EU. But, let's be honest, it can be a bit difficult to keep up at times and it can be even harder to keep up to date with the details of policies are they emerge.
For example, the legislative proposals for EU Cohesion Policy from 2014 to 2020 are not exactly bed time reading! Having said that, they are of course very important. This is where DG Regio's excellent video summaries come into their own. Take a look at the one below if you're not yet up to speed with cohesion policy for the 2014 to 2020 period...
Too busy to click on the video above and watch it for 3 minutes and 13 seconds? Well, here's a very short three point summary:
- There are wide social and economic gaps between the EU's 271 regions (NUTS 2). A previous RSA blog post confirms this!
- Cohesion policy attempts to reduce the gaps between these regions.
- It's linked explicitly to the Europe 2020 strategy of achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
That's all for now. Check out the video pages of DG Regio for more of this kind of thing!