Početna Undergraduate StudiesInternational RelationsFourth year of studies – European IntegrationThe European Union Regional Development Policy

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The European Union Regional Development Policy

  • Study programme/study programmes: International Studies – module European Integration
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: The European Union Regional Development Policy
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof. Jovan Komšić
  • Status of the course: Elective
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Teaching methods: Lectures and exercise
  • Number of classes: 2+1

Aim and outcome of the course

The main field of studies of this subject (course) is the regional policy of the European Union which, together with structural and cohesion policies, creates a triangle of economic policies which fall in the very top of priorities of European integration. Offering of expanded theoretical knowledge from this field, introduction of students with causes and consequences of various “responds” of certain regions to previous level of comprehensive integration, understanding of goals, levels and instruments for carrying out of regional politics, as well as prediction of its role in future, particularly after the most recent enlargement of the EU, are the main goals of this subject (course).

Successful observation and active participation of students in carrying out this subject requires as desirable an appropriate knowledge of models of state organization (particularly territorial organizations) and various levels of government (federal and unitary state, de-concentration and decentralization of state governance, regional autonomy and local self-governance).

By successful mastering of this subject (course), the students – apart expanded theoretical knowledge on this field – acquire also the capacity of critical thinking and analysis of concrete measures of regional policy(ies), both at the EU level and at the national level of each of the member states.

Newly acquired knowledge shall make a good basis for all students who shall professionally deal with tasks related to European integration, particularly in the part dealing with creation and carrying out of regional policy of Serbia.

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching
Introductory consideration – concept and importance of region; regions at national and European level; various levels of regional development (causes and consequences); main theoretical approaches in studying of regional economies; Regional policy as a part of general economic policy; regional policy at the national level; regional policy at the level of the European Union – similarities, differences, mutual relations; Regional policy of the European Union (1) – historical background, development, outcomes (influence on economic development of the region); triad – regional policy, structural policy, cohesion policy; Regional policy of the European Union (II) – legal grounds (primary and secondary sources; court decisions;) institutional representation of the region at the EU level (Committee of the Regions; regional liaison offices); Regional policy of the European Union (III) – main goals, priorities, mechanisms of realization; relation with other EU “policies”; problems; Regional policy of the European Union (IV) – what to do next and how? the future of the regional policy of the EU after the enlargement – possible directions of reform;

Practical teaching: Exercises, Other modes of teaching, Study research work
Defense of seminar paper


а) basic:

1. Miroslav Jovanović, Evropska ekonomska integracija, Ekonomski fakultet, Belgrade, 2004, pp. 254-298

2. Cuadrado J.R. and M. Parellada (eds.), Regional Convergence in the European Union: Facts, Prospects and Policies, Berlin: Springer – Verlag, 2002 (particularly pp. 231-272). 3. Wallace Helen, Wallace William (eds.) Policy-Making in the European Union (4th edition), Oxford/New York, 2000 (particularly chapter IX, pp. 243-263) 5. Regional policy of the European Union (ed. V. Međak and S. Majstorović), Kancelarija za pridruživanje EU, Belgrade, 2004, pp. 5-61 6. Miroslav Prokopijević, Evorpska unija – Uvod, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade, 2005, pp. 254-266.

b) additional

1. Hrbek Rudolf, “The role of the regions and the principle of subsidiarity”, The International Spectator, Vol. 38, April-June 2003, pp. 59-73 3. Relevant web-sites: www.europa.eu.int/comm/regional policy, www.cor.eu.int

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10
  • Colloquim(a) 40

Final examination

  • Oral examination 50