• Erscheinungsweise quartlery
  • ca. 80 pages
  • ISSN 2196-8268
  • Sprache englisch

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
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
Gina MyIntyre, 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 Ken Cook, Welsh Government, European Funding Office, Conwy
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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EStIF 3/2019 15.09.2019 15.06.2019
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