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Cohesion Policy

Structural & Cohesion Policy strengthens regions.

The tasks of cohesion and structural policy at EU, federal, state and local level: boosting competitiveness of regional economies, spurring growth and pushing for structural change in the regions. This includes inducing catch-up processes in structurally weaker regions while contributing to important political objectives – such as digitization, Industry 4.0, the knowledge economy, climate and environmental protection.

EU Structural and Investment Funds for regional growth

Structural and cohesion policy is one of the EU's key policies and complements national regional policies. The Structural and Investment Funds are intended to support smart, sustainable and integrative growth within the regions. Among the European Structural and Investment Funds are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

Successful structural and regional policy: Clear goals and stakeholder involvement

Efficient and effective structural and regional policy requires strategies that pursue clear goals and are synchronized with key players within regions. Structural policy programs should focus on specific regional needs to ensure that subsidies are allocated effectively. This cannot be achieved without individual strategies as well as sound program design and implementation processes. Regular evaluation of the funding programs provides a valuable and robust basis for political decisions.

Cohesion Policy: A selection of our services

Policy consulting

Our consultancy services cover the entire policy cycle: We support our clients along the value chain of structural and cohesion policy.

Strategy development

Our portfolio includes strategy development, program design and implementation for regions, associations and chambers of commerce, as well as process organization and support.

Evaluations

We evaluate European, national and regional funding schemes.

Decades of experience

We can rely on decades of experience at both European and national levels (for instance ERDF, ESF, INTERREG and GRW).

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

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Evaluation of the cluster initiatives

2021

For the EU Commission, we evaluate the EU cluster programmes together with CSES and IDEA Consulting Group.

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National Policies and Cohesion

2020

Together with experts of the Politecnico di Milano and the Technopolis Group, Prognos researched trends of national and regional disparities.

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ZDF Deutschland-Studie 2019

2019

Im Auftrag des ZDF haben wir die äußeren Lebensumstände für Familien, Seniorinnen und Senioren in den 401 Kreisen und kreisfreien Städten Deutschlands untersucht.

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Main Determinants of Regional Economic Resilience

2019

What was the impact of the great recession on EU regions? Prognos Consultant Neysan Khabirpour contributed to a recent European Commission Working Paper.

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Impact Area Analysis Regions Düsseldorf-Kreis Mettmann / Rheinisches Revier

2019

The impact analysis outlines the spatial links between the two regions.

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Prognos Zukunftsatlas® 2019

2019

How well equipped are Germany's districts and cities for the future? Who is ahead in the ranking, who needs to catch up? The Prognos Zukunftsatlas 2019 provides answers (in German).

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ZDF Deutschland-Studie 2018

2018

Where is the best place to live in Germany? Prognos investigated this question on behalf of ZDFzeit.

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Fields of action for lignite regions

2018

How can structural change in lignite mining areas succeed? A Prognos study commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economics reveals possible approaches and instruments.

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Your contact at Prognos

Ralph Rautenberg

Seniorprojektleiter

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Holger Bornemann

Partner, Direktor

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Dr. Jan-Philipp Kramer

Principal, Head of EU-Services

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Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

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