The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) offers this MOOC to contribute to capacity-building of regional and local authorities with regard to EU affairs, more particularly on EU budget and funding for regions and cities. While regions and cities matter in EU policy-making, they may have a limited knowledge of how the EU budget works and what are the possibilities for accessing EU funds. The course will attempt to fill this knowledge gap.
This MOOC has been co-created with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission – Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and Directorate-General for Budget (DG BUDG).
The course consists of videos, factsheets, infographics and web-streamed live debates with Q&A from the course participants. Moreover, course followers can interact and contribute via social media and fora. The course will last six weeks, starting on 31 October and ending on 9 December 2016. Studying time is about two hours per week. The course material will remain available online until 31 July 2017.
The MOOC will be delivered in the form of six modules, each of which lasting one week. Participants will focus on one theme per week and will have the opportunity to evaluate their learning progress via a weekly quiz.
Week 1: The role of regions and cities in EU affairs
In this module, participants will learn about multilevel governance in the EU, the influence of regions and cities on EU policies and the role of the CoR, as well as about the basics of EU regional statistics.
Live debate: Friday 4th November 2016, 13:00-14:15
Week 2: How the EU budget works
The objective of this module is to highlight the historical development and legal foundations of the EU budget, how its revenue and expenditure are made up, how different EU programmes are managed and which key issues are discussed with regard to its future in regions and cities.
Live debate: Thursday 10th November 2016, 13:00-14:15
Week 3: Implementation of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
In this module, participants will learn more about EU cohesion policy and the way it is managed at regional and local level.
Live debate: Friday 18th November 2016, 13:00-14:15
Week 4: Urban and regional development projects: Making use of EIB funding and the Investment Plan for Europe
In this module, participants will gain a better understanding of how cities and regions can make use of the European Investment Bank’s funding and advice to support their development projects. Testimonies of beneficiaries and successful projects will be presented.
Live debate: Friday 25th November 2016, 13:00-14:15
Week 5: Other EU programmes relevant to regions and cities
In this module, participants will learn about relevant funding opportunities for regions and cities, including Horizon 2020, the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME), Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens, Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).
Live debate: Friday 2nd December 2016, 13:00-14:15
Week 6: The debate on the mid-term review of the EU budget 2014-2020 and the post-2020 prospects
In this module, participants will become familiar with the potential consequences, at regional and local level, of the mid-term review of the MFF for the post-2020 period.
Live debate: Thursday 8th December 2016, 12:15-13:30