Carlos Mendez' projects

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The Use of Technical Assistance for Administrative Capacity Building During the 2014-2020 Period

The Use of Technical Assistance for Administrative Capacity Building During the 2014-2020 Period

2018 - 2019

EPRC is coordinating a study for the European Commission aimed at enhancing the understanding of the planned and implemented use of Technical Assistance (TA) under EU Cohesion Policy programmes during the 2014-20 period. Given the important contribution of Technical Assistance to the successful implementation of Cohesion Policy, the study will provide a better understanding of the use of TA and present cases of TA-funded sustainable capacity building activities, particularly in the area of Human Resources Development.

From a policy perspective, the key issues are whether and how TA is being used to strengthen the administrative capacity of Member States for implementing Operational Programmes and projects. The project also seeks to understand whether this Technical Assistance investment is sustainable – whether TA is planned and monitored to ensure the strengthening of administrative capacity beyond the life of an OP.

The project is led by a core team comprising EPRC and Red2Red researchers, and involves also a team of National Experts in the Member States.

The impact of Cohesion policy on EU identification (COHESIFY)

The impact of Cohesion policy on EU identification (COHESIFY)

2016 - 2018

The project involves research on the contribution of Cohesion policy to citizens’ identification with the EU. Funded by Horizon 2020 and involving 10 research institutes and SMEs, the project provides new insights into the European identification of EU citizens and the effectiveness of strategies to communicate EU cohesion policy to citizens.

 

http://www.cohesify.eu/

Territorial attractiveness and ERDF aid to enterprises: transferability and lessons learnt from the ERDF interventions in selected EU Member States

Territorial attractiveness and ERDF aid to enterprises: transferability and lessons learnt from the ERDF interventions in selected EU Member States

2015 - 2016

The project, funded by Italian Agency Invitalia in the framework of the technical assistance to the Italian Ministry of Economic Development involves an overview of aid schemes for firms aimed at increasing the territorial attractiveness of regions and their structural change through the development of tourism, particularly that linked to the full exploitation of historical, cultural, environmental and social assets. The research involves assesment of successful measures implemented in the 2007-13 OPs from across Europe, six case studies and the detailed examination of the implementation and performance of selected schemes, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each intervention examined and the lessons learnt and transferrable practices for the 2014-20 Italian programmes.

Cohesion policy financial instruments and EU financial interests

Cohesion policy financial instruments and EU financial interests

2015 - 2015

This study assess the implementation of financial instrument in Cohesion policy in terms of their economy, efficiency and effectiveness during the 2007-13 programming period.  The study takes stock of existing knowledge on the operation of FIs as reflected in the academic literature and policy documents, as well as undertaking eight case studies. A comparative analysis of the case studies, focusing on the different stages in the lifecycle of FIs, provides the basis on which to draw lessons from the implementation of FIs in 2007-13, highlighting implications for 2014-20.

Strategic coherence of Cohesion policy: comparison of the 2007-13 and 2014-20 programming periods

Strategic coherence of Cohesion policy: comparison of the 2007-13 and 2014-20 programming periods

2014 - 2015

The project involved research on the evolution and implementation of the strategic coherence of Cohesion policy in 2014-20. Based on documentary analysis and interviews with authorities in 11 Member States, the study concluded that there had been overall improvements compared to the previous period, but it also highlighted a series of EU and domestic challenges in ensuring a strategically coherent approach between different ESI Funds and with other EU policies.

Comparative assessment of regional development policy trends in the EU

Comparative assessment of regional development policy trends in the EU

2013 - 2014

The project was commissioned by the EU-funded project Eurosocial to contribute to the debate at the launch of a regional policy network in Latin America. The study reviews and analyses regional development policy trends in the EU countries, identifying experiences or good practice that could be useful to Latin American countries

Carlos Mendez' publications

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EU cohesion policy in the media spotlight: exploring territorial and temporal patterns in news

Mendez, C., Mendez, F., Triga, V. & Carrascosa, J. M.
2020

29 January 2020

Journal of Common Market Studies, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jcms.13016

The Visibility and Communication of Cohesion Policy in Online Media

Mendez, C., Triga, V, Bachtler, J, Djouvas, C, Mendez, F and Stier S
2019

European Parliament, Research for REGI Committee, PE 629.196, European Parliament, Brussels

The Agenda for Cohesion Policy in 2019-2024: Key Issues for the REGI Committee

Mendez, C., Bachtler, J., & McMaster, I.
2019

Research for the REGI Committee, PE 629.197, European Parliament, Brussels

Reforming the MFF and Cohesion Policy 2021-27: pragmatic drift or paradigmatic shift?

Bachtler J, Mendez C, Wishlade F
2019

European Policy Research Paper, No. 107, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

COHESIFY: The Impact of EU Cohesion Policy on European Identification. European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde

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Rethinking shared management for Cohesion policy post-2020

Bachtler J, Mendez C and Miller S
2017

European Policy Research Paper, No. 96, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Journal of Common Market Studies, Volume 55, Issue 3, May 2017, pages 569–592

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Attrattivita' territoriale e aiuti alle imprese: elementi di trasferibilita' e lezioni dagli interventi FESR in selezionati paesi europei

Polverari L and Kah S, with Elefterios Antonopoulos, Timothee Lehuraux, Martin Ferry and Carlos Mendez
2016

Relazione finale dello studio realizzato per Invitalia nell'ambito dell'assistenza tecnica del POIN Attrattori culturali, naturali e turismo FESR 2007-2013

Cohesion Policy Reform and the Evolving Role of the Council

Bachtler J, Mendez C
2016

‘Cohesion Policy Reform and the Evolving Role of the Council’, in Piattoni S and Polverari L (eds.) Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU, Edward Elgar.

IQ-Net Thematic Paper 39(3), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Ideas and Options for Cohesion Policy Post-2020

Bachtler J, Mendez C, Polverari L
2016

IQ-Net Thematic Paper 38(2), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3 (2016), pp. 117 - 132

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Evolution or Revolution: Exploring New Ideas for Cohesion Policy 2020+

John Bachtler, Carlos Mendez, Fiona Wishlade
2016

European Policy Research Paper, No. 95, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

This paper provides a state-of-the art review of the literature on European identity and on citizens’ attitudes to Cohesion policy. 

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Final Report to European Parliament, European Parliament, Committee on Regional Development, Brussels

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European Policy Research Paper, No 88, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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European Policies Research Paper, No 93, European Policies Research Centre, University of Stathclyde, Glasgow

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Collection Studies, Madrid, EUROsocial, No.2

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Implementation of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: Preparations and Administrative Capacity of Member States

Tödtling-Schönhofer H, Hamza C and Radzyner A (METIS); Bachtler J, Kah S and Mendez C (EPRC)
2014

Report to European Parliament, Brussels, European Parliament, Committee on Regional Development

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European Economic Governance and Cohesion Policy

Begg I, Bachtler J, Macchiarelli C, Mendez C and Wishlade F
2014

Report to the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development, Brussels, European Parliament

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