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Third Joint EU Cohesion Policy Conference - Green, Digital, Inclusive and Fair: How can Cohesion Policy Rise to the New Territorial Challenges?

14 November 2022 to 16 November 2022
Zagreb, Croatia

Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 500-word abstract through the online portal by 18th July 2022. Given the purpose and audience of the conference, the abstracts should be accessible to a wider audience and draout policy implications or lessons insofar as possible. The organisers particularly welcome submissions from Croatian researchers and policy practitioners.

Papers are invited on the following questions and themes that will form the basis for workshop sessions, panel debates and discussion groups at the conference.


1. Facing the megatrends: Global megatrends such as climate change (including meeting COP26 commitments and the Green Deal), globalisation, demographic and technological change will unevenly impact regions and have the potential to increase disparities. What changes to the design and implementation of Cohesion Policy might be needed to address these global changes in a timely manner?


2. Responding to crises. What are the implications for Cohesion Policy from the emerging evidence of the territorial impacts of the pandemic on economies and societies in Europe? What can we learn from crises in the EU for the use of Cohesion Policy as a tool in responding to the territorial effects of these?


3. A policy that invests in all regions and cities: What is the research evidence on effective use of Cohesion Policy resources to support job creation, business competitiveness, economic growth, twin transition, and improve citizens’ quality of life in all territories of the EU (i.e. low income and low growth regions, regions facing development traps such as the middle-income trap, peripheral regions, small-medium sized cities, cross border regions, regions in industrial transition, urban and rural areas)? How can Cohesion Policy effectively respond to the ‘geography of discontent’ and (re)build trust in EU institutions?


4. Performance and results: How can evaluation and monitoring reports and results be best used to improve performance and results in a rapidly changing environment? Can Cohesion Policy resources be used more efficiently and effectively?


5. Policy objectives: What do we know about ‘good practice’ in programming the new policy objectives for 2021-27 (Smarter, Greener, more Connected and more Social Europe)? How can Cohesion Policy contribute further to a fair twin transition? How can we deliver optimal benefit for the people of the regions taking into account different challenges across Europe? What are the best practices?


6. Policy synergies: How can stronger linkages between Cohesion Policy and other policies/instruments be created and managed in practice, especially between Cohesion Policy and the Recovery and Resilience Facility? How can it be ensured that other EU instruments also contribute to cohesion objectives?


7. Institutions and governance: How can Cohesion Policy do to strengthen public administration and the effective management of the Funds? What are the implications of greater linkages between Cohesion Policy and the European Semester?


8. Financial Instruments: When and where do they work best under Cohesion Policy? And how can their take-up be made more attractive?


9. A Europe closer to citizens: What are the lessons of integrated local development instruments to date? How can Cohesion Policy be best communicated? What works for involving citizens in Cohesion Policy?



The conference will be FREE to attend for successful candidates (travel & accommodation must to covered by the participant). Do not book your travel, accommodation or make other plans to attend until you hear that your application to attend has been accepted. Places are limited at this event. Successful applicants will be notified by 16th September 2022.


Social Functions

SessionStart Date & TimeEnd Date & TimePlacePrice
Welcome Reception EU Cohesion Policy Conference 14/11/202214/11/2022 Free
Gala Dinner EU Cohesion Policy Conference 15/11/202215/11/2022 Free


Travel Discounts

Hotel International Zagreb
Classic single room €75, Classic double room €85, price includes buffet breakfast, use of fitness centre and Wifi in all rooms. Prices do not include sojourn tax of KN12 per person per day.
From 22/8/2022 to 24/10/2022

Hotel Zonar
Classic single room €105, Classic double room €120, price includes buffet breakfast and Wifi in all rooms. Prices do not include sojourn tax of KN12 per person per day. Please note the hotel is due to open in October 2022.
From 22/8/2022 to 24/10/2022

The Westin Zagreb
Deluxe single room €115, Deluxe double room €130, this price includes buffet breakfast, use of pool, sauna and fitness centre, Wifi in the room. Booking code will be available nearer the time. Prices do not include sojourn tax of KN12 per person per day.
From 22/8/2022 to 24/10/2022

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