120-0307/07 – European Regional Policy (ERP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of European IntegrationCredits3
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Jan Sucháček, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Karel Skokan, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2009/2010Year of cancellation2010/2011
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
MEL24 Ing. Lukáš Melecký, Ph.D.
POL481 Ing. Eva Poledníková, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 2+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

1. To describe the development and the state of the art of EU regional policy, its mechanisms and tools. 2. To explain the methodology and options of the use of European structural and investment funds and other instruments in the regional development and their application under the condition of the Czech Republic. 3. To apply the knowledge gained for the solution of issues of EU social and economic cohesion.

Teaching methods



The aim of the course is to introduce students with the basic theoretical and methodological backgrounds of regional development and regional policy, which are subsequently applied to the determinants and setting of regional policy in the selected EU Member States (eg. Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Finland and the Netherlands) and the European Union as a whole. Upon completion of the course, the students are prepared to solve practical problems in the field of the EU Cohesion Policy in the follow-up Master's degree.

Compulsory literature:

ARTOBOLEVSKIY, S. S. Regional Policy in Europe. Oxon: Routledge, 2012. 192 s. ISBN 1-85302-308-6. BACHTLER, John et al. EU Cohesion Policy: Reassessing Performance and Direction. New York: Routledge, 2017. 320 s. ISBN 978-1-138-22464-3. BACHTLER, John and Ivan TUROK. The Coherence of EU Regional Policy: Contrasting Perspectives on the Structural Funds. Gateshead: Athenaeum Press, 2013. 416 s. ISBN 1-85302-396-5.

Recommended literature:

EUROPEAN COMMISSION. European Structural and Investment Funds 2014–2020: Official texts and commentaries. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2015. 418 s. ISBN 978-92-79-39456-0. MELICIANI, Valentina. Regional Disparities in the Enlarged European Union: Geography, innovation and structural change. NY: Routledge, 2015. 204 s. ISBN-13: 978-0415741712. PIATTONI, Simona and Laura POLVERARI. Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU. London (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016. 547 s. ISBN-13: 978-1-78471-566-3.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Corresponding tasks


Další požadavky na studenta


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1.Introduction to the subject. 2.The theory of regions and their classification. Definition of the regions. Approaches to the regions. Characteristics of the regions. Classification of the regions in the European Union.. 3.Regional disparities and their measurement. The theory of regional disparities. Classification of regional disparities. Indicators of regional disparities. Structural indicators of the European Union. 4.Regional development and regional policy. The theory of regional development. Factors of regional development. Theory of regional policy. The objectives and instruments of regional policy. The approaches to regional policy. 5.Development of regional policy in the European Union. The development of regional policy in selected EU members’ states (Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany…). 6.EU Regional Policy. The aim and objectives of EU Regional Policy. Principles of EU regional policy. Development of EU regional and structural policy. 7.Legislative and Institutional framework of EU Regional Policy. EU primary and secondary legislation of EU Regional Policy. Institutions of EU Regional Policy. 8.Instruments of EU Regional Policy. Classification of instruments and programming documents of EU Regional Policy. EU Structural Funds. Cohesion Funds. Community Innitiatives. Solidarity Fund. 9.EU Regional Policy in the programming period 2000 – 2006. The reform of EU regional policy after 1999. The objectives of EU Regional Policy. Instruments of EU regional Policy. Financial framework. 10.Programming documents for EU Structural funds. The programming framework of structural aid in the European Union. National Development Plan. National Strategic Reference Framework. Operational Programme. 11.EU cohesion policy in the programming period 2007 - 2013. Reform of the regional (cohesion) policy after 2006. New architecture of cohesion policy in the programming period 2007 – 2013. Legislative framework of the EU cohesion policy. The structure of programming documents. Community Strategic Guidelines for cohesion policy. EU financial perspectives for the period 2007 – 2013. 12.Regional Policy of the Czech Republic. The development of regional policy in the Czech Republic. The strategy and objectives of the regional policy in the Czech Republic. Legislative and institutional framework of the regional policy in the Czech Republic.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2008/2009 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
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Min. number of points
Examination Examination 100  51
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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.FormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2010/2011 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R040) Regional Development P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2009/2010 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R040) Regional Development P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

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