120-0507/01 – European Regional Policy (ERP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of European IntegrationCredits5
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Jan Sucháček, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Jan Sucháček, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
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.

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

Credit - active participation in seminars, presentation, credit test. Exam - combined exam (written and oral)


E-learning course in LMS Moodle

Další požadavky na studenta

Other requirements are not required.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Regions and their classification - regionalism and regional integration, theory of region, classification of regions in the European Union and the Czech Republic (CR), Euroregions. 2. Regional disparities - basic concepts, systemic backgrounds regional disparities, basic indicators of the level of states and regions, indicators of growth strategies in the EU. 3. Regional disparities and their measurement - methods of regional disparities measurements, regional disparities in the European Union and the Czech Republic 4. Regional development theory and regional policy - regional development and factors in regional development, modern theory of regional development and contemporary approaches to regional policy, types and instruments of modern regional policy. 5. Regional policy of the selected European States (I) - Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany. 6. Regional policy of the selected European states (II) - Finland, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, Portugal. 7. The development of regional policy in Europe - the main milestones in the development of the EU regional policy. 8. Legislative and institutional framework of the EU regional policy - legislative framework of EU regional policy, regional policy management at the EU level. 9. EU Regional policy Instruments - European structural and investment funds (ESIF), special support instruments, financial instruments, Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. 10. EU regional policy in the programming period 2014-2020 - architecture of the EU regional policy 2014-2020, legislative framework, programming documents, financial framework. 11. Regional policy in the Czech Republic – backgrounds and formation of the regional policy in the Czech Republic, legislative framework, support of regional development in the Czech Republic, coordination of economic and social cohesion in the EU in the Czech Republic. 12. EU Regional policy in the Czech Republic (I) - European Union funds for the Czech Republic in the programming periods 2004-2006 and 2007-2013. 13. EU Regional policy in the Czech Republic (II) - European Union funds for the Czech Republic in the programming period 2014-2020. 14. The future of EU Regional policy after 2020 - basic documents focusing on regional policy for 2020+, preparation of the Czech Republic for the 2020+ programming period.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 35  18
        Examination Examination 65  33
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: Compulsory attendance is not required.

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2019/2020 (B0311A050004) Applied Economics (S01) International Economic Relations P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B0311A050005) Applied Economics (S02) International Economic Relations P English Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

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