• Publication frequency quarterly
  • approx. 80 pages
  • ISSN 2196-8268
  • Language: English

Issue 2/2019 – Special Issue on Simplified Cost Options

In the spirit of exchanging good practices, Trine Strange and Silas Berthou present lessons learned from the Danish Rural Development Programme, which has implemented standard scales of unit costs since 2015. Marija Herceg, Marin Paladin and Dragomir Pfeifer share experience of successfully implementing simplified costs under the ERDF/Cohesion Fund Competitiveness and Cohesion OP 2014-20 in Croatia, where simplified costs were used for a forest restoration and demining project. In the interview section, Louis Vervloet, Giorgio Centurelli and Maeve Hamilton provide lessons and recommendations for Managing Authorities.
Alongside these special issue contributions, two general articles are included. First, Eduardo Medeiros discusses the challenging concepts of defining and measuring territorial cohesion. Closing the issue, Laura Massoli and Laura Polverari describe the unique experience of the steering committee set up to help institutional and administrative capacity in Italy by coordinating interventions under Thematic Objective 11 (strengthening administrative capacity) and Thematic Objective 2 (digital growth).

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About EStIF – European Structural and Investment Funds Journal

Launched in 2013, the European Structural and Investment Funds Journal (EStIF) responds to the growing need for information exchange between the various stakeholders involved in the implementation of ESI Funds. The journal deals with all aspects of the management, implementation and control of the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

 Aims & Scope

EStIF offers a platform for hands-on expertise in structural policy and encourages knowledge exchange between European institutions and national and regional authorities in the field of ESI Funds.

Topics covered by the journal include:

  •  efficient management and control of ESI Funds – the current programming period, lessons learnt from 2007–2013, and challenges ahead in the programming period post 2020;
  •  regulation & policies;
  • management, implementation & control of ESI Funds;
  • best practices and experiences of Member States & beneficiaries.

EStIF’s Target Audience

EStIF addresses public authorities involved in the management of ERDF, ESF, CF, EARDF and EFMF programmes, such as Managing Authorities, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities, and Intermediate Bodies, as well as other authorities involved in the management and implementation of EU funded projects, such as EU Funds and European Affairs Departments in national and regional ministries, agencies and governments, cities and local authorities implementing EU funded projects, and national and regional development agencies.

Furthermore EstIF’s target audience are other beneficiaries of EU funded projects, such as private and public companies, NGOs, associations, research institutes, bodies working on European Territorial Cooperation and INTERREG Programmes, public and private banks and other financial intermediaries, consultants and lawyers involved in projects containing European funding.

EStIF’s Structure

Published on a quarterly basis under the guidance of distinguished Editors, EStIF combines articles from EU Funds specialists, best practices as well as first-hand experiences from Member States and beneficiaries.

Articles focus on upcoming changes, introduction and implementation of new regulations or look back on specific problems and solutions including check lists, templates and other useful information for practitioners. Country reports shed light on the stage of implementation in the Member States.

In 2018 each issue focuses on one specific topic such as financial management, cohesion policy post 2020, e-cohesion and first experiences of the assurance package. General articles, interviews or conference reports complement the edition.



Rona Michie, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Editorial Board

Balázs Dencső, Directorate General for Audit of European Funds, Budapest
Björn Gabriel, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
Simon Hannah, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
Danuta Hübner, European Parliament, Brussels
Reiner Kneifel-Haverkamp, Brandenburg Ministry of Justice, for European Affairs  and Consumer Protection, Head of Unit International Relations, Potsdam
Jo Kremers, Ministry of Finance, Central Audit Authority, Den Haag
Eduardo Medeiros, ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon
Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body, Belfast
Phedon A. Nicolaides, College of Europe, Bruges and Maastricht University, Maastricht
Kjell Nilsson, Nordregio, Stockholm
Wolfgang Petzold, Committee of the Regions, Brussels
Elisa Roller, European Commission, Brussels
Alexander Rose, Senior Lawyer, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Newcastle upon Tyne
Martin Weber, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg
Fiona Wishlade, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Piotr Żuber, Director of the Department for Economic Strategy, Ministry of Economic Development, Poland

Executive Editors

Clara Hausin, Lexxion Publisher, Berlin
Juliana Veit, Lexxion Publisher, Berlin

Country Correspondents

Austria Christina Bauer, Alpine Space Programme, Salzburg
Belgium Louis Vervloet, ESF Agency Flanders, Brussels
Croatia Martina Gutvald, Ministry of Finance, Zagreb
Greece Anna Kanakaki, Regional Coordinator COP on Result Based Management, Management & Organisation Unit of Development Programmes, Athens
Hungary Júlia Szenthe, Former Senior Expert, Prime Minister’s Office, Budapest
Italy Olga Simeon, European Commission, State Aid Coordinator
Portugal Luis Santos, PO SEUR – Operational Programme for Sustainability and Efficient Use of Resources, Lisboa
Romania Alina Ploae, Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds
Slovenia Peter Wostner, Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, Ljubljana
United Kingdom Jayne Woolford, EU Funding and Policy Advisor, Brecon
9. April 2019

Issue 1/2019 – Special Issue on Monitoring and Indicators

Monitoring the progress of ESIF programmes is a perennially challenging task for managing authorities. The increased focus on results in 2014-20 ESIF programmes has added to the pressure on monitoring systems to deliver comparable data with which to measure the results and added value of EU Cohesion policy. As managing authorities prepare for the Performance Review later in 2019, it is particularly timely to address this topic. Opening the issue, Irene McMaster, Nathalie Wergles and Heidi Vironen focus on the challenges of demonstrating results in the Interreg programmes, and provide an example of methodologies used in the impact evaluation of the Northern Periphery and the Arctic Programme 2014-2020. The thorny subject of indicators is then tackled by Bernd Schuh, whose article provides an analysis of the concepts of indicators and their use in the current EU policy context. Marcel Bode examines the functions and responsibilities of national Audit Authorities in Cohesion policy over successive programming periods. Alongside the special issue articles, this edition of EStIF also includes two articles on the theme of rural development and rural areas. Stefan Kah assesses the experience so far with implementing ERDF through Community-led Local Development (CLLD) and Francesco Licciardo examines the use of Financial Instruments within Rural Development Programmes in Italy. View the full table of content of EStIF 1/2019 Become an author for EStIF and view our Call for Papers  
9. January 2019

Issue 4/2018 – With both a focus on current operational issues and a look ahead to the future

Opening the issue and looking ahead to the post-2020 period, Svetlana Kineva presents the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027. She reflects on the implications for Cohesion policy of the new long-term budget, as well as the challenges faced by politicians to finalise the negotiations on time and not risk the early start of programme implementation in the next period. Eduardo Medeiros also looks to the future in his assessment of the main territorial impacts of EU Cohesion policy in the Iberian Peninsula over the last three decades. His article discusses the role of EU funds in promoting a more cohesive territory in Spain and Portugal, and suggests alternative paths to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Cohesion policy. Tamás Berky’s article takes a financial and service experience perspective when addressing the issue of sustainability of investments in the built environment financed by ESI Funds. Oana Maria Neagu, Elena Botezatu and Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat discuss addressing health inequalities through ESIF. Their article identifies some of the enablers and barriers to uptake of ESIF for health projects, with the aim of assisting with the prospective engagement of health actors in a growing multi-level governance system. Closing the issue is an article by Claudia Gonzales Cobos, based on her College of Europe thesis which won the 2018 Lexxion Award. Her research investigates the impact of ESIF on the performance of SMEs.   View EStIF 4/2018 full table of content: HERE. Become an author for EStIF and view our Call for Papers
9. August 2018

Issue 2/2018 – Financial Instruments within European Structural and Investment Funds Programmes

The new issue of EStIF is a special issue focusing the use of financial instruments within European Structural and Investment Funds programmes. Although these currently only account for a minority of spend under the programmes (most still being implemented mainly through grants), the role and implementation of financial instruments has been much debated over the last two programming periods. With the future shape of Cohesion policy currently under debate, financial instruments are likely to continue to play an increasing role in the implementation of Cohesion policy in future, both at shared management and EU-levels. We hope that the extensive collection of articles along with the series of interviews featured in this issue contribute to the discussion on the potential future role of financial instruments.

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12. March 2018

Issue 1/2018 – Special focus on Integrated Development Strategies

For the beginning of 2018, guest editor Arno van der Zwet has put together a special issue devoted to the use of integrated place-based approaches within ESIF programmes. The articles are based on the findings of a study of the European Policies Research Centre conducted on behalf of the European Commission. Its aim was to analyse the implementation of the integrated place-based strategies within sustainable urban development. Besides two articles, five country specific reports provide an overview of the implementation and a specific example of a strategy in that country - Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Poland, UK. On a related theme, one further article discusses the contribution EU Cohesion Policy has made to supporting territorial development strategies in Portugal. View all articles of issue EStIF 1/2018.

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