Outreach workshop: Regions in EU policy making

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.





Click here for a pdf-file of the invitation