How does the EU budget work? How can European regions and cities access EU funds?
The European Committee of the Region’s massive open online course (MOOC) is the first of its kind to help regional and local authorities navigate policy-making in EU affairs, with a focus on accessing EU funds and understanding budgets. This year’s course has been co-created by the European Investment Bank and two Directorates-General of the European Commission (Regional and Urban Policy, Budget). The MOOC will comprise six main themes – each online for one week and requiring about two hours of study time – focusing on the EU budget and how it is spent.
The 2016 course tools, including videos, live debates, factsheets and quizzes, will balance the basic theory behind EU funding, procedures and evaluation with hands-on information from practitioners on project design and delivery. More than 50 speakers – EU officials, academics, practitioners and local authorities – contribute to the course, which will start on Monday 31 October until Friday 9 December 2016. The course material will remain available online until 31 July 2017. Provided they have followed at least 80% of the course, participants will be able to download a certificate of achievement. More than 1,800 participants already registered! More information and registration