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Current issue: EStIF 3/18 – Special Issue on Rural Development
EStIF 3/18 is out, a special issue focusing on rural development. The article by Andrew Copus and Thomas Dax digs deep into the history of rural development, starting from the precedents of rural policy and the first stages of what then became EU Cohesion policy. Jean-Michel Courades and Pedro Brosei discuss how the implementation of the partnership principle has evolved over time, first in LEADER and then in CLLD, highlighting the important role of citizens’ participation in policymaking and implementation. Loris Servillo and Martijn De Bruijn take stock of the extent to which Member States have taken up CLLD, looking at the range of different combinations of ESI Funds and the diverse thematic orientation of CLLD Local Action Groups across the EU. Günter Salchner presents his research on how LEADER is managed by Local Action Groups. Finally, Ninetta Chaniotou and Zane Šime elaborate on smart specialisation in the Finnish Kainuu region, showing how a sparsely populated area can benefit from EU-funded transnational cooperation programmes to tap into the region’s unused innovation potential.
Alongside the special issue articles, this edition of EStIF also includes articles by Phedon Nicolaides, Elda Lautieri  and Militsa Yordanova discussing a broad range of wider ESIF-related themes.
View all articles of ESTIF 3/2018 here.

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Publication frequency: quarterly
approx. 80 pages
ISSN 21 96-82 68

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EStIF - European Structural and Investment Funds Journal

EStIF focuses on the practical aspects of implementation of ESI Funds in the European Union. Experienced specialists from both the European institutions and from the national and regional authorities actively contribute their knowledge and experience to this journal.

Our aim is to establish a platform combining the analysis of the relevant European regulations for European Structural and Investment Funds with a presentation of Member States’ experiences. To provide you with a comprehensive approach to all current issues, EStIF combines specialised articles on:

Regulation & Policies

The present regulation of the Structural Funds regime for the programming period 2014-20 belongs to the most important European acts that directly influence the policies and regional development across Europe. The crucial changes: current thematic priorities, simplification of the implementation, concentration on results, growing importance of financial instruments, territorial and urban approach and numerous other regulations require a wide-ranging presentation and detailed introduction. In each issue of EStIF you will find 3-4 articles devoted explicitly to the this regulation and its challenges for EU Funds managing bodies.

Management, Implementation & Control

The core of EStIF concentrates on in-depth articles presenting the challenges of a successful implementation of cohesion policy and practical advice to increase the absorption of Structural Funds. The authors go into detail while presenting the most topical issues. They not only describe the problems  but also present their experiences in this area, suggest the possible solutions and  provide useful templates, check lists and other documents useful for your daily work.

Practices and Experiences

The efficient implementation of cohesion policy across the European Union depends on good communication and sharing of experiences among all stakeholders involved. In each issue of EStIF you will find a comprehensive presentation of a successful projects funded by Structural Funds. The beneficiaries present their projects from the application procedures, throughout the challenges and obstacles arising during its implementation, to the controls, audits and evaluation stage.
All our authors are asked to focus not only on the successes but also to present the problems and mistakes that have been made and concentrate on their ways out.
EStIF also guides you with the presentation of the “best and worst” practices of the Member States. There are numerous policies and instruments that can be implemented on national or regional level and the experience from other Member States, their “do’s and don’ts”, the false approaches as well as innovative solutions have a particular importance for everybody involved. Every EStIF issue focuses on one particular instrument and its operation in one of the Member States.

Country Reports

The Country Correspondents update you on the stage of implementation of Operational Programmes and progress in the absorption of ESIF in their Member States. They also present the most important challenges, the successes and the problems which they are struggling with.

Relevant Judgements, Reports and other Submissions

A summary of Judgements and Commission decisions in fields essential for EU funds (e.g. State aid or Public Procurement issues), reports from conferences, interviews, evaluations and other submissions relevant for EU Funds experts will be an optional addition to each issue.


Rona Michie
Research Fellow, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Editorial Board

Balázs Dencső
Head of Unit G3: European Network and Monitoring of Rural Development Policy, Directorate G: Horizontal Aspects of Rural Development, Directorate-General Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission, Brussels

Björn Gabriel

Senior Adviser, Strategy, Policy & Coordination Division, Advisory Services Department, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

Danuta Hübner
Member of the European Parliament, Chairwoman of the Committee on Regional Development, former Commissioner for Regional Policy, Brussels

Reiner Kneifel-Haverkamp
Brandenburg Ministry of Justice, for European Affairs  and Consumer Protection, Head of Unit International Relations, Potsdam

Jo Kremers
Ministry of Finance, Central Audit Authority, Den Haag

Gina MyIntyre
Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body, Belfast

Phedon A. Nicolaides
Jan Tinbergen Professor and Director of Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges and Academic Director at lexxion training

Kjell Nilsson
Director, Nordregio, Stockholm

Wolfgang Petzold
Head of Unit D2 - Events, Fora, Open Days, Committee of the Regions, Brussels

Elisa Roller
Head of Unit DG MARE, European Commission, Brussels

Alexander Rose
Legal Director Commercial & Competition, DWF LLP, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Martin Weber
Head of Audit Unit ERDF/CF, Transport and Energy, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg

Fiona Wishlade
Director, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Piotr Żuber
Director of the Department for Economic Strategy, Ministry  of Economic Development, Poland


Country Correspondents

Austria Christina Bauer
Managing Authority, Alpine Space Programme, Salzburg
Belgium Louis Vervloet
ESF Agency Flanders, Brussels
Croatia Martina Gutvald
Ministry of Finance, Zagreb
Greece Anna Kanakaki
Regional Coordinator COP on Result Based Management, Management & Organisation Unit of Development Programmes, Athens
Hungary Júlia Szenthe
Former Senior Expert, Prime Minister’s Office, Budapest
Italy Olga Simeon
European Commission, State Aid Coordinator
Portugal Luis Santos
PO SEUR - Operational Programme for Sustainability and Efficient Use of Resources, Lisboa
Romania Alina Ploae
Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds
Slovenia Peter Wostner
Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, Ljubljana
United Kingdom Jayne Woolford
EU Policy and Funding Advisor, Brecon

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ISSN 16 19-52 72

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