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European Week of Regions and Cities

RRF versus ESIF - Differences and similarities: an evaluation perspective

Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking workshop organized within the PROFEEDBACK COST Action. As a European multistakeholder community of policy evaluators, we are excited to initiate constructive debate on the similarities and the differences of two crucial policy funding mechanisms - the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The workshop consists of roundtable discussions, presentations and a final wrap-up session. The discussion on ESIF and RRF shall help identify the challenges and bottlenecks that may arise during the implementation design of these funds. Lessons learned from both programmes can offer innovative solutions and recommendations to overcome these obstacles and ensure smooth fund utilisation. New and innovative approaches, strategies, and models to tackle emerging challenges can be identified.

  • Rue d'Arlon 25 Brussels Brussels 1050 Belgium
  • CODE: Side2333

Speakers

Anusha Panjwani

  • Head of Science Department, COST Association

Rachel Lancry Beaumont

  • Head of Unit, CoR COTER

Chrysoula Latopoulou

  • European Court of Auditors

Elena Calistru

  • EESC

Oto Potluka

  • European Evaluation Society

Nikos Maroulis

  • Technopolis Group

Sonja Haertel

  • Berlin’s Liaison Office to the EU

Jaroslav Dvorak

  • Klaipeda University

Gábor Balás

  • HÉTFA Research Institute

Lena Tsipouri

  • OPIX

Coordinator

Katalin Gordos

  • Project manager, HETFA Research Institute

Practical information

When
Tue 19/09/2023, 09:30 - 14:00 CET
Type
Onsite
Where
Rue d'Arlon 25 Brussels Brussels 1050 Belgium
Language
English
How to register
https://forms.gle/gMPhRoFc9vFC9RL5A
Website
https://profeedback.eu/

Organiser

Reporting

Session summary

The event aimed to engage in a discussion about two concurrent development tools of the EU: the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The objective was to comprehend their shared characteristics and distinctions, ultimately formulating ideas and hypotheses regarding their potential impact on regional development and territorial cohesion. While both instruments had a somewhat common objective, they diverged in terms of their historical origins, background, and governance.
ESIF, dating back to the 1980s, has evolved into a well-defined, long-standing framework. It helped infrastructure, entrepreneurship, and social progress, but its governance may lead to inflexibilities. RRF, established in response to the COVID crisis, has separate rules and a distinct approach to planning and implementation.
The event deepened our understanding of ESIF and RRF and their potential impact on regional development and territorial cohesion. This knowledge will aid future evaluations and policy improvements.

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