120-0310/06 – EU Regional Policy (RPEU)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of International Economic RelationsCredits5
Subject guarantorIng. Eva Poledníková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorIng. Eva Poledníková, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2016/2017Year of cancellation2021/2022
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.
SUH33 prof. Ing. Jan Sucháček, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2

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.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Corresponding tasks during seminars


Other requirements

Other requirements are not required.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction. Regions and their classification. Theory of region. Classification of regions in the European Union. Euroregions. 2. Regional disparities. Indicators of regional differences. Structural indicators. Regional disparities in the European Union. 3. Theory of regional development and regional policy. Regional development and factors in regional development. Theories of regional development. The types and instruments of regional policy. 4. Regional Development and Policy in Europe. Regional policy in selected European countries. Key milestones in the development of EU Regional policy. 5. Institutional framework of the EU Regional policy. Regional policy and coordination of EU structural instruments. Management of regional policy at EU level. 6. Instruments of the EU Regional policy. Regional policy in the European Union. Financial instruments of EU regional policy. 7. EU Regional policy in the programming period 2007-2013. The reform of the EU Cohesion policy. Cohesion policy objectives and initiatives for the period 2007-2013. The focus of assistance from the Structural Funds. 8. Pre-accession instruments in the EU Regional policy. Programmes Phare, ISPA, SAPARD and IPA. 9. Regional policy in the Czech Republic. The legislative framework for Czech regional policy. Support for regional development in the country. Coordination of economic and social cohesion. 10. EU Funds for the Czech Republic. Programming period 2004-2006. The programming documents for the programming period 2007-2013. 11. EU Regional policy in the programming period 2014-2020. 12. EU Structural and Investment Funds for the Czech Republic in the programming period 2014-2020.

Conditions for subject completion

Conditions for completion are defined only for particular subject version and form of study

Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2020/2021 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210R004) European Integration P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210R004) European Integration P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2018/2019 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210R004) European Integration P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2017/2018 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210R004) European Integration P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2016/2017 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210R004) European Integration P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

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Assessment of instruction

2019/2020 Winter
2018/2019 Winter
2017/2018 Winter
2016/2017 Winter