In 2015, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) became the first EU body to develop and deliver a massive open online course (MOOC) on Europe's regions, the EU institutions and policy-making. Building on positive feedback received from participants, this pilot edition will be followed by a second course in 2016 with more specific content providing further insights into the EU budget and funding for regions and cities. This year the course has been co-created with the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), the Directorate-General for Budget (DG BUDG) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).The course is available on an online learning platform and consists of videos, factsheets, infographics and web-streamed live debates with Q&A from the course participants. Moreover, course followers can interact and contribute via social media and thematic groups. During the first six weeks of the course (31 October-9 December), followers will focus on one specific theme per week and will have the opportunity to evaluate their learning progress via a weekly quiz. Studying time is about two hours per week. The course material will remain available online for one year. The aim of this MOOC is to enhance participants' knowledge by learning in more detail about the EU budget and funding for regions and cities. The objective is to provide insights into how the EU budget is set up and how it is spent, as well as a practical overview of EU funding opportunities at regional and local level.The course is open to anyone who is interested in EU and regional and local affairs, free of charge and online.
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