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.


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.

Just Transition Platform: Meeting of the Working Group on Chemicals

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At the meeting of the JTP Working Group on Chemicals, proposals will be discussed to help EU regions with a strong chemical industry make a just transition to climate neutrality.

Evaluation Network Meeting of DG REGIO

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Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer presents first results of a study for DG Regio.

Just Transition Platform Meeting: Coal Regions in Transition

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Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer speaks at the fifth Just Transition Platform Meeting.

Circular economy potential for rural development

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Equal living conditions in the city and in the country are a federal government goal. We are looking into how the circular economy can contribute to this for the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Construction (BMWSB).

Support of the Just Transition Platform to the Green Deal

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Through the Just Transition Platform, the EU supports countries in achieving their climate goals. Prognos helps manage this platform with analytics and knowledge management.

European Regional Development Fund: Evaluation of RTD-Investments

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Evaluation of investments in Research & Technological Development infrastructures and activities supported by the ERDF from 2007 to 2013.

Cluster Initiatives Follow-up

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For the European Commission, we evaluated the impact of the EU cluster initiatives

Evaluation of the cluster initiatives

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

Needs analysis of funding for Groningen

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On behalf of the province of Groningen, Prognos calculates the possible allocation share of funding for the region from the Just Transition Fund. In particular, the possibilities of green hydrogen in the northern Netherlands are emphasised.

National Policies and Cohesion

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

Do you have questions?

Your contact at Prognos

Ralph Rautenberg


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Holger Bornemann

Partner, Director

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Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer

Vice-Director, 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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