• Erscheinungsweise 2013-2019
  • ca. 80 Seiten
  • ISSN 2196-8268
  • Sprache: Englisch

EStIF says its farewell

Sadly the special issue 3/19 on Audit an Irregularities, Fraud and Corruption marks the final issue of the European Structural and Investment Funds journal. With over 170 articles published across seven volumes, the journal has supported a great deal of exchange and discussion over the past six years. EStIF articles have covered a wide range of topics and themes all with one thing in common – their practical relevance to the management and implementation of ESI Fund programmes.

We sincerely thank all authors for their contributions to EStIF, for being willing to share their knowledge, findings and views. We also thank the members of the Editorial Board for their support for the journal, and a special thanks goes out to the Editor-in-Chief, Rona Michie, who dedicated a lot of time and expertise to each issue.

All articles will remain free of charge as online articles after registration on our plattform: estif.lexxion.eu.

Of course the spirit of EStIF lives on in our many events dedicated to serve as an exchange plattform in all matters of EU Funds. We hope to see you there!
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About EStIF – European Structural and Investment Funds Journal

Launched in 2013, the European Structural and Investment Funds Journal (EStIF) responded to the need for information exchange between the various stakeholders involved in the implementation of ESI Funds. The journal dealt 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.

EStIF was discontinued in 2019 with issue 3/2019 being its last.



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
25. Oktober 2019

Issue 3/19 – Special Issue on Audit and Irregularities, Fraud and Corruption

EU rules and procedures relating to financial management, control and audit, and to preventing fraud and corruption, have become stricter over recent decades. Complex systems of checks and balances have been set up with the aim of verifying that the rules are respected. This issue of EStIF provides views from a range of different authorities (and Funds) involved in these processes. Read about the important role of the national Audit Authorities, on management verification systems in Poland, the level of ‘gold-plating’ in Romania and the state of play of anti-fraud activities relating to transport infrastructure. All online articles are available for free after registration on our plattform: VIEW ALL ARTICLES.
11. Juli 2019

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).

View the full table of content of EStIF 2/2019.
3. Juni 2019

Free Access to EStIF Online Articles

As of 2019 all online articles of the European Structural and Investment Funds Journal – EStIF are open access. As a knowledge provider we offer you expertise and insights on all issues concerning EU Funds for your daily work. To make this information widely available, Lexxion has decided to grant free access to all online articles. All you need to do is to register for free in our online shop and start reading. The print journal can still be purchased for an affordable fee. Sign up for free to get access to all EStIF online articles: SIGN UP HERE.
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. Januar 2019

Issue 4/18 – 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
18. Oktober 2018

Issue 3/18 – Special Issue on Rural Development

EStIF 3/18 is out, a special issue focusing on rural development. The article by Andrew Copus and Thomas Dax digs deep into the history of rural development, starting from the precedents of rural policy and the first stages of what then became EU Cohesion policy. Jean-Michel Courades and Pedro Brosei discuss how the implementation of the partnership principle has evolved over time, first in LEADER and then in CLLD, highlighting the important role of citizens’ participation in policymaking and implementation. Loris Servillo and Martijn De Bruijn take stock of the extent to which Member States have taken up CLLD, looking at the range of different combinations of ESI Funds and the diverse thematic orientation of CLLD Local Action Groups across the EU. Günter Salchner presents his research on how LEADER is managed by Local Action Groups. Finally, Ninetta Chaniotou and Zane Šime elaborate on smart specialisation in the Finnish Kainuu region, showing how a sparsely populated area can benefit from EU-funded transnational cooperation programmes to tap into the region’s unused innovation potential. Alongside the special issue articles, this edition of EStIF also includes articles by Phedon Nicolaides, Elda Lautieri and Militsa Yordanova discussing a broad range of wider ESIF-related themes. View all articles of issue ESTIF 3/2018
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.

View all articles of issue EStIF 2/2018

12. März 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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