589 Regional Policy And Eu Structural Funds

589 Regional Policy And Eu Structural Funds

  • Study programme and level: Master’s joint study programme Management in Administration 2nd Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 7 ECTS
  • Course type: proffesional elective
  • Lectures: 21
  • Seminar: 11
  • Other study activities: 118
  • Individual work: 60
  • Language: English, Serbian, Slovene
  • Lecturer: Aleksander Aristovnik, PhD


1. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Regionalism, regional development and regional policy, Slovenia
  • Theoretical foundations of regional economic
  • Development
  • Administrative, political, territorial and fiscal decentralization
  • Local Self-Government and Regional Development in Slovenia
  • Regional, structural and cohesion policy in the EU
  • Regional problems in the EU and EU Cohesion Policy
  • Structural and Cohesion Funds and other EU financial instruments
  • Evaluation of EU Cohesion Policy
  • Reform of EU Cohesion Policy
  • European cohesion policy and Slovenia
  • Absorption capacity of Slovenia for EU funds
  • Case studies of the EU cohesion policy and of  EU funds` drawings

2.  Readings

  • BALDWIN, R., WYPLOSZ, C. (2009). The Economics of European Integration. III. izdaja McGraw-Hill, New York, 50 str.  (izbrana poglavja)
  • EL-AGRAA, Ali M. (2007). The European Union: Economics and Policies,  VIII. izdaja. Cambridge, University Press, 60 str. (izbrana poglavja)
  • STIMSON, R, STOUGH, R., R., ROBERTSON, B., H. (2006). Regional Economic Development: Analysis and Planning Strategy. Springer, Berlin, 120 str. (izbrana poglavja)
  • (2011). Zakon o spodbujanju skladnega regionalnega razvoja (ZSRR-2), 120 str.
  • Izbrani aktualni tuji članki in druga gradiva.

3. Objectives and competences

The aims:

  • students learns about Europe's regional/Cohesion policy and regional issues in Slovenia
  • student analyzes the relationship of national regional policy to the EU Structural and Cohesion Fund(s)
  • student distinguishes between Regional, Cohesion and Structural policy
  • student identifies regional problems in the EU and Slovenia
  • student understands the role of EU regional policy and national regional policy


  • student will be able to identify reasons for the implementation of regional/cohesion policy at EU and national level
  • student understands the forces that affect the economic performance of regions and different regions at national and European market levels with the possibilities of economic policy for areas with common currency and common customs borders
  • student will be able to participate in the preparation of regional development programs
  • student understands the organization and functioning of various EU funds and related financial sources and programs of the EU Member States
  • student understands the situations in the field of drawing EU funds


4. Intended learning outcomes:

Student acquires an advanced knowledge about the role and the situation of the regional levels in European integration process, European institutions, with emphasis on the EU institutions, changes in the functioning of the enlarged EU, regional policy, EU structural funds and Cohesion Fund, current issues of the Slovenian regionalization, political and fiscal decentralization, cross-border integration and participation of local communities etc. The student is capable of complex study, linking his/her knowledge and understanding, and is also able to transfer knowledge to others. He/she is able to scientifically handle of particular scientific issue/problem and is qualified to continue further independent study and professional development.


5. Learning and teaching methods:

  • lecture
  • seminars
  • seminar paper
  • case study
  • individual tutorial


6. Assessment

seminar work 50%
written and/or oral exam 50%