ACTORE, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Antwerp and ACIM, the Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics, kindly invite you to an outreach workshop Regions in EU policy making hosted by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), room VM3 on Friday, 3 February 2017 (12.30-14.30)
This event will present and discuss research findings with respect to mobilization and influence of regions in EU policy-making. Target audiences include CoR members, EU institutions officials, regional information offices in Brussels, interest groups, civil society and academics.
- Welcome by Wolfgang Petzold (CoR, Directorate for Communication)
- Introduction by Luc Van den Brande (CoR- member)
- Introductory presentation of ACIM research on territorial politics in the EU by Prof. Peter Bursens (ACIM).
Presentation and discussion of two major themes of recent ACIM research:
Theme 1: Mobilization of Regions
Key findings from research on regional mobilization in the EU will be highlighted. What determines the organizational form of regional representation in Brussels? What explains varying levels of regional mobilization? Which policy issues are important for regional representatives? And which advocacy tactics and networks do regional representations adopt when seeking to influence EU policies?
Presentation by Prof. Jan Beyers (ACIM), discussion by Prof. Simona Piattoni (University of Trento), Mr. Amadeu Altafaj (Catalan representation to the EU) and Ms. Judit Törökné Rózsa (DG REGIO, European Commission)
Theme 2: Policy influence of regions
The influence of regions in EU policy-making dossiers will be addressed. What are the policy preferences of regions? How do regions influence EU policy-making and what determines their success? What is the role of power, strategies and policy alignment in maximizing influence?
Presentation by dr. Matti Van Hecke (ACIM), discussion by Prof. Simona Piattoni (University of Trento), Mr. Mathieu Mori (Assembly of the European Regions) and Mr. Philipp Holzheid (Bavarian representation to the EU)
- Concluding Q&A with the audience and all panel speakers
Click here to download the powerpoint presentation used during the outreach workshop.
- Van Hecke M. (2016) Regional influence on EU policymaking: participation, preferences and success. PhD dissertation.
- Van Hecke M., P. Bursens and J. Beyers (2013) Regionale beïnvloeding in de Europese Unie: kennis & kennissen. Research Paper Steunpunt Buitenlands beleid, internationaal ondernemen en ontwikkelingssamenwerking.
- Van Hecke M., P. Bursens and J. Beyers (2016) Het verklaren van voorkeursverwezenlijking door regionale overheden in EU besluitvorming. Research Paper Steunpunt Buitenlands beleid, internationaal ondernemen en ontwikkelingssamenwerking.
- Donas T. and J. Beyers (2012) How Regions Assemble in Brussels: The Organizational Form of Territorial Representation in the European Union. Publius. The Journal of Federalism 43(4): 527-550.
- Donas T., B. Fraussen and J. Beyers (2014) It’s Not All About The Money. Explaining Varying Policy Portfolios of Regional Representations in Brussels. Interest Groups & Advocacy 3(1): 79–98.
- Beyers, J., T. Donas and B. Fraussen (2015) No Place Like Home? Explaining Venue Selection of Regional Offices in Brussels. Journal of European Public Policy 22(5): 589-608.
- Van Hecke, M., P. Bursens and J. Beyers (2016) You’ll never lobby alone. Explaining the participation of sub-national authorities in the European Commission’s open consultations Journal of Common Market Studies 54(6): 1433-1448.
- Beyers J. and T. Donas (2014) Inter-Regional Networks in Brussels. Analyzing the Information Exchanges among Regional Offices European Union Politics 15(4): 547-71.