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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.


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


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

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Needs analysis of funding for Groningen


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.

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National Policies and Cohesion


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 Germany Study 2019


On behalf of ZDF, we examined the external living conditions for families and senior citizens in Germany's 401 districts and independent cities.

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Main Determinants of Regional Economic Resilience


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


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

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Prognos Zukunftsatlas® 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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Fields of action for lignite regions


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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ZDF Germany Study 2018


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

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Evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes: Work Package 12 – Delivery Systems


Prognos and KPMG analysed the effectiveness and efficiency of cohesion policy implementation during the 2007-2013 period and identified the main underlying success factors and areas in need of development.

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Ralph Rautenberg

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Holger Bornemann

Partner, Director

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Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer

Principal, Head of EU-Services

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About us

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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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