What is EoRPA?

The EoRPA Consortium is a group of government ministries and agencies from twelve countries which fund a research programme on regional policy developments in 30 European countries. Research issues include:

  • recent changes in regional policies across the 30 countries
  • the EU Structural and Cohesion Funds
  • the EU Regional Aid Guidelines
  • thematic studies on selected regional policy issues.

The EoRPA Consortium is managed by the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC). EoRPA is led by Professor John Bachtler, Dr Carlos Mendez and Professor Fiona Wishlade.


Historical background

The EoRPA Consortium was established in October 1978 when government departments responsible for regional policy in Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom decided to fund a comparative study of regional incentive policy in the European Community. The focus of the research was on policy change and the reasons for change over time, with the aim of gaining comparative policy lessons. In addition, an annual meeting of senior policymakers from the sponsoring countries was held to facilitate the exchange of views on policy developments in an informed yet informal atmosphere.

The name 'EoRPA'

As well as being the acronym for EPRC’s European Regional Policy Research Consortium, EoRPA is the Gaelic word for Europe.