EIRP Proceedings, Vol 14, No 1 (2019)

The impact of European institutions on local and regional development

Olta Qejvani, Brikena Buda (Dhuli)


A united Europe is the sum up of how different regions live together and find common perspectives. This does not fit only as a political, social or philosophical idea, but since the creation of the European Union, regional development remains one of the most important cornerstones of the institutions of EU.

Different legislative acts of EU institutions refer something in specific about regions policy, regional development etc, but since 1994 the issue of the regions in Europe has been treated throughout a specific institution: European Committee of the Regions.

On the other hand, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe is established to make sure that the principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government are observed through systematic monitoring and regular dialogue with the governments of the Council of Europe member states.  Member states of European Union are also member states of Council of Europe.

This paperwork aims to:

- Find concrete impact of European institutions on local and regional reality in Europe.

- Analyze the work of European Committee of the Regions throughout concrete examples for the regional development.

- Propose concrete policies or legislative changes on how European Committee of the Regions (CoR) can develop productive agreement with other institutions that can strengthen regional cooperation and further development in EU.

This approach would realize a new perspective on managing the point of view of the researchers, but also to give some important recommendations on how EU institutions, specifically CoR can properly behave with each other in order to help on regional development.


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