120-0310/04 – EU Regional Policy (RPEU)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of International Economic RelationsCredits5
Subject guarantorIng. Eva Poledníková, 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 Credit and Examination 2+1

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.

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The aim is to familiarize students with the basic configuration and development of regional policy of the European Union and selected Member States. Students will be familiar with the mechanisms and instruments of EU Regional policy, the methodology and use of the European Structural and Investment Funds and other instruments in regional development and their application in the CR and will be prepared to solve problems within the issue of socio-economic cohesion (cohesion) of the European Union in the master's degree level.

Compulsory literature:

1. ARTOBOLEVSKIY, S. S. Regional Policy in Europe. Oxon: Routledge, 2012. 192 p. ISBN 1-85302-308-6. 2. BACHTLER, John and Ivan TUROK. The Coherence of EU Regional Policy: Contrasting Perspectives on the Structural Funds. Gateshead: Athenaeum Press, 2013. 416 p. ISBN 1-85302-396-5. 3. BREUER, Christian B. The Regional Puzzle. How Regions and Encompassed Actors are Involved in EU Regional Policy. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2012. 385 p. ISBN 978-3-643-90094-4. 4. CINI, Michelle and N. Péréz-Solórzano BORRAGÁN. European Union Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 485 p. ISBN 978-0-19-9548637. 5. RICHARDSON, Harry W., Chang-Hee Christine BAE and Sang-Chuel CHOE. Reshaping Regional Policy. Cheltenham: Edvard Elgar Publishing, 2011. 384 p. ISBN 978-1-84980-280-2.

Recommended literature:

1. ADAMS, N., G. COTELLA and R. NUNES. Territorial Development, Cohesion and Spatial Planning: Knowledge and Policy Development in an Enlarged EU. Oxon: Routledge, 2011. 457 p. ISBN 978-0-415-55194-6. 2. ARMSTRONG, Harvey and Jim TAYLOR. Regional Economics and Policy. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007. 437 p. ISBN 978-0-631-21713-8. 3. EUROPEAN COMMISION. Cohesion Policy 2007 – 13. Commentaries and official texts. Guide. Luxemburg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2007. 160 p. ISBN 92-79-03805-2. 4. McCORMICK, John. The European Union. Politics and Policies. 4th edition. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2008. 417 5. OLEJNICZAK, K., S. BIENIAS and M. KOZAK. Evaluating the Effects of Regional Interventions. A Look Beyond Current Structural Funds` Practice. Warsaw: Ministry of Regional Development, 2012. 312 p. ISBN 978-83-7610-350-1. p. ISBN 978-0-8133-4376-1. 6. STRUBELT, Wendelin and Grzegorz GORZELAK. City and Region: Papers in Honour of Jiri Musil. Opladen: Budrich UniPress, 2008. 367 p. ISBN 978-3-940755-07-0.

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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: 2009/2010 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
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Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Exercises evaluation Credit 35  21
        Examination Examination 65 (65) 30 3
                Written test Written test 25  10 3
                Oral exam Oral examination 40  20 3
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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2010/2011 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R055) Public Economics and Administration (00) Public Economics and Administration P Czech Ostrava 3 Choice-compulsory study plan
2009/2010 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R055) Public Economics and Administration (00) Public Economics and Administration P Czech Ostrava 3 Choice-compulsory study plan

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Assessment of instruction

2009/2010 Winter