120-0350 – EU Cohesion policy (PSEU)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of International Economic Relations
Subject guarantorIng. Lukáš Melecký, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Subject version
Version codeYear of introductionYear of cancellationCredits
120-0350/01 2011/2012 5
120-0350/02 2011/2012 4
120-0350/03 2019/2020 5

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

1.To identify and describe the major determinants of EU cohesion policy, programming process and development of programming documents for EU Structural funds in economic development of the regions in the European Union. 2. To explain the methodology and the system of programming documents for regional development management, types of the ESIF interventions and methodology of programming logics and their validation on the practical issues. 3. To apply the knowledge gained for the solution of issues of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Czech Republic during programming period 2014-2020.

Teaching methods



The aim of the course is to introduce students the major determinants and principles of EU Cohesion Policy, programming process of structural aid in economic development of the regions in the European Union. Main focus will be laid on the system and content of programming documents for regional development management with using of EU Structural and Investment Funds, on the methodology of preparation of regional and local development programming documents from the viewpoint of theory and verification on practical examples and case studies. Emphasis is placed on specific ESIF programming documents in the Czech Republic in the current programming period and procedures for claiming financial assistance for projects co-financed by ESIF.

Compulsory literature:

BACHTLER, J., P. BERKOWITZ, S. HARDY and T. MURAVSKA. EU Cohesion Policy. Reassessing Performance and Direction. New York: Routledge, 2017. ISBN 978-1-138-22464. MOLLE, W. T. M. Cohesion and growth: the theory and practice of European policy making. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. ISBN 978-1-138-84663-0. PIATTONI, Simona and Laura POLVERARI, ed. Handbook on cohesion policy in the EU. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016. ISBN 978-1-78471-566-3.

Recommended literature:

EUROPEAN COMMISSION. European Structural and Investment Funds 2014–2020: Official texts and commentaires. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2015. ISBN 978-92-79-39433-1. MELICIANI, Valentina. Regional disparities in the enlarged European Union: geography, innovation and structural change. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. ISBN 978-0-415-74171-2. PANARA, Carlo and Alexander de BECKER, ed. The role of the regions in EU governance. Heidelberg: Springer, 2011. ISBN 978-3-642-11902-6.


Subject codeAbbreviationTitleRequirement
120-0310 RPEU EU Regional Policy Recommended


Subject has no co-requisities.