The 2018 massive open online course (MOOC) of the European Committee of the Regions is online: 15 January 2018 - 14 January 2019.
Following the success of its two first MOOCs on "Europe's regions, the EU institutions and policy-making" (2015) and "the EU budget and funding for regions and cities" (2016), which reached more than 15,000 participants worldwide, the CoR launched a third MOOC focusing on "How to make the most of EU resources for regions and cities". Join the 12,000 participants who already registered!
The course is free, open to anyone interested in EU and regional and local affairs, and accessible on all devices. It provides relevant information on present and future EU policies and programmes, as well as practical tools and examples of available funding opportunities at regional and local level.
The course is available on Iversity, an online learning platform, and includes videos, factsheets, infographics and web-streamed live debates with Q&A from the course participants. During the first six weeks of the course (15 January-23 February 2018), followers focus on one specific theme per week and evaluate their progress via assignments and a weekly quiz. Studying time is about 1.5h/week. The course material is online for one year, so that after the first six weeks learners can work through the course material in their own pace.
The course is co-created with several Directorates-General of the European Commission – Regional and Urban Policy; Budget; Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion; Agriculture and Rural development; Eurostat – as well as the European Investment Bank, Interreg Europe and URBACT.
Who is this course for?
This course is for everybody interested in the EU and its regional and local affairs, particularly for officials of regional and local administrations involved in EU affairs. It also targets students, teachers, local journalists and citizens in general.
Recommended background: basic knowledge of the European Union.
What will I learn?
In this course you learn about how the EU institutions function and work together, how the EU budget is prepared and how this impacts policies and activities at the regional and local level. Present and upcoming EU programmes and policies are presented, as well as statistics, practical examples and success stories of concrete EU-funded projects across the continent.
Chapter 1: Regions and cities in the EU
Chapter 2: The EU budget: revenue, expenditure, management and prospects
- Live Facebook chat with DG BUDG Director General Nadia Calviño on 25 January starting at 15:00: Link to the page EU Budget on Facebook
Chapter 3: EU Structural Funds and Cohesion policy: supporting growth and solidarity
Chapter 4: The social dimension of the EU funding (05-09 February 2018)
Chapter 5: Stimulating the local and regional economy: financing and advice for investment in regions and cities
Chapter 6: The future of Europe: options and debates
- Live debate on Thursday 22 February from 14:00 to 15:00, at the European Committee of the Regions, room JDE 70, with Karl-Heinz Lambertz, CoR President, and Iskra Mihaylova, MEP.
- The interested public can register to attend the debate at the CoR (registration form) or follow online via webstreaming (Livestream). Due to the limited number of seats in the room, access is only guaranteed upon confirmation. Confirmation emails will be sent a week before the event.