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Workpackages summary

Publication date:2013-04-13, Last updated:2013-04-13

WP1: Economic development patterns and structural change in the process of transition and EU membership

  1. Development patterns of CEECs in the course of transition and following EU membership.
  2. Patterns of structural change: internal and external factors.
  3. Regional and national growth processes.
  4. Economic and social cohesion.

WP2: International context of cohesion: the role of trade and FDI

  1. Changing patterns of CEECs’ trade as a facilitator of EU integration.
  2. Impact of trade on CEECs’ productivity, technology and innovation upgrading.
  3. Effects of FDI on the catching-up of CEECs’ firms.
  4. Role of inward FDI in CEECs’ production and innovation networks.
  5. Role of FDI in terms of regional development and policy impact.
  6. Policy paper and dissemination.

WP3: Innovation, entrepreneurship and industrial dynamics

  1. Assessing R&D excellence of CEECs in a comparative perspective.
  2. Interregional R&D collaboration linkages and smart specialization.
  3. Assessing innovation capacities of the CEECs based on alternative non-EIS metrics.
  4. Territorial dimensions of research and innovation and their effects on regional performance in CEECs.
  5. Social and institutional determinants of innovative entrepreneurship in CEE.
  6. Entrepreneurial propensity of newly emerging technology sectors in CEE.
  7. Comparative analysis of policy-mixes of research and innovation policies in CEE.

WP4: Labour markets, skills and social dynamics

  1. Labour market developments, mobility patterns and social welfare.
  2. Effectiveness of policies related to employment and welfare.
  3. Skill formation and educational policies.

WP5: Social cohesion and welfare

  1. Analysis of inequality and poverty in CEE EU Member States.
  2. Assessing social policy variation across countries.
  3. Effects of income inequality on population health and social outcomes.
  4. Analysing disparities in health status and possibilities for catching up by new member states.
  5. Exclusion from labour market participation.
  6. Family policies and female labour force participation.
  7. Provision of employment rehabilitation services.

WP6: Territorial dimension of EU integration as challenges for Cohesion policy

  1. Harmonized socio-economic regional database for the NUT3/NUTS2 regions.
  2. Quantitative analyses of the socio-economic indicators for NUTS3/NUTS2 regions in the CEECs.
  3. In-depth comparative analysis of specific territorial cases.
  4. Assessment of infrastructure construction, its role in regional development.
  5. The changing state of the natural environment and environmental polices for sustainable development.
  6. Metropolis and its region – a challenge for territorial cohesion.

WP7: Dynamics of institutional convergence

  1. The impact of European institutional convergence on growth.
  2. The relation between the institutional setting and different dimensions of European cohesion.
  3. The impact of EU-wide coordination of policies and structural reforms on cohesion.
  4. The relation between the institutional setting and different dimensions of European cohesion.
  5. Political stability and institutional change.

WP8: Cohesion policy and its components: past, present and future

  1. Assessing the conceptual evolution of Cohesion policy.
  2. Analysing Cohesion policy lessons from earlier EU/EC enlargements.
  3. Assessing Cohesion policy impact in specific territories.
  4. Analysing Cohesion policy and institutional change in CEECs.
  5. Assessing Cohesion policy’s prospects as a function of the EU budget’s future.

WP9: Scenarios, policy options and policy recommendations

  1. Targeted project dissemination.
  2. European strategy scenarios and post-crisis scenarios.
  3. Future Cohesion policy scenarios.
  4. Policy recommendations.

WP10: Dissemination

  1. Dissemination of research results.
  2. Targeted dissemination.
  3. Participation in policy debates.

WP11: Project management and coordination

  1. Administrative tasks and consortium management.
  2. Executive Committee (6 meetings).
  3. Project workshops and Consortium meetings (6 meetings).
  4. Scientific Advisory Board (annual).
  5. Policy Advisory Board (annual).
  6. Reporting.