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Lobbying and Networking in the Field of Regional Policy

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Head of Office, Open Europe, Brussels Abstract
" Only 10% of EU Structural Funds are spent in the poorest areas
" £670m a year is wasted on bureaucracy
" Wasteful projects fail to boost growth or employment
" Focus is on absorption capacity rather than results
" Targeting funds to those areas most in need would result in a reduced budget, less administration, and less bureaucracy
" Funds are spent on everything from goat farms in Northern Sweden to street theatres in Greece  fraud is rife
" Current data clearly shows that Structural Funds have had no impact at all on regional convergence in the UK, despite budget increases
" Conditionality criteria should be introduced
" Regions that do not meet macroeconomic results should be penalised
" The aim of the program is  economic convergence - if a country is at EU average (or
above) then convergence has been achieved. Hence: no more funding.
" Adjustment periods are a matter for Member States to deal with out of the national budget.
" Creating a permanent transfer economy between regions throughout Europe is not within the mandate of the EU, as it is neither a sovereign State nor a Federation; this must be reflected in its policies
" Regional convergence has failed, clearly proving to be a massive waste of resources, as well as encouraging fraud and bureaucracy
" Competence for Regional Policy ought to be returned to the Member States that are on par or above EU average
Member of Cabinet and Adviser of Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Brussels Abstract
EU regional policy  a specific case where rules change only every seven years. Long policy lifecycle, hence specific lobbying required. Key questions: Who and why do you need to lobby at all? Should you hook up with others? How international is your region? Timing is crucial when to lobby? Whom to lobby - EU Commission, EU Council, EU Parliament, your own government and finance minister - and when to lobby whom in the process? How to best lobby which institution? Sharing experience from EU Commission about good and bad lobbying.
Results and delivery  this is your counterpart, you have seven/nine years to do so.
Member, Advisory Committee, Financial Market Symposium, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Member, National Council of the Slovak Republic; Member, Foreign Affairs Committee, Bratislava Abstract
Slovak political scene welcomed possibilities represented by various EU funds. But there were also some people who understand that there could be a trap within. That would have a dual meaning. The first was passively receiving aid and also reliance on that help. Second option meant a great corruption with the political consequences.
Moscow policy before ´89 was not very inclinational to direct cooperation of regions. Financial and technological assistance from Moscow was subject to political matter and whole communication with important economic programs had to go through Moscow. COMECON and The Central Committee of Communist Party was responsible for this and we still suffer by implication of this policy. Not only we are not able to use conquest of democratic development, but we do not have sufficient connection with our neighbors in the field of transport, energy connection, air or rail links, not enough bridges and cycle paths. Although it seems that the last one has nowadays the largest lobbying. We do lack sense of the process we call networking.

Slovakia is stretched from West to East, where the West is more developed than east. Logically, regional policy is designed to compensate large differences between East and West. The priorities include transport infrastructure, protection of the environment, water sector, research and development, information and communication technologies and other smaller problems.
Politically the most important problem is cross-border cooperation. We do understand our economic success is dependent on our regions capacity to develop networks with our neighbors. To stimulate dynamism and regional development process. The EU played the role in brokering and supporting such programs, but the 1000 of these projects are too dependent on the re-nationalization atmosphere in the Central Europe.
A special problem we have is contact with our southwestern neighbor  Austria. Austria for years opposed construction of modern road connection with Czechoslovakia or Slovakia. Later we were able to construct highway which ended at the Austrian border. Today we still dispute about the number and the quality of connection links, roads and rail routes.
One of the biggest lessons learned after 7 years duration of regional policy is that efficiency, sustainability and real, not virtual, usefulness of funds is very dependent not only from internal policies of members states, but also from the atmosphere of relations between them. That results in statement, that no regional or structural or cohesion fund or help can replace natural and politically motivated and by voters supported development of the state.
Head, Information Office of the European Parliament in Austria, Vienna Chair

Pieter CLEPPE

Head of Office, Open Europe, Brussels

 Academic Degree in law and economics
2005-2006 Speechwriter, Belgian Secretary for Administrative Reform Vincent Van Quickenborne, Brussels
2006-2007 Co-founder and fellow, Itinera Institute, Brussels
2007-2008 Lawyer, CMS, Antwerp

Mag. Dr. Madeleine MAHOVSKY

Member of Cabinet and Adviser of Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Brussels

1988 Masters (Magistra) and 1992 PhD (Doktor), University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria
1993, 1998, 2000 London School of Economics, Summer University
1983-1990 Freelance Journalist
1988-1989 Independent Researcher on Environmental Economics
1989-1990 Lecturer in Economics, University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna
1992-1995 Monetary Economist, Foreign Research Division, Oesterreichische Nationalbank
1996-1997 Policy Analyst for Pension Systems, DG Employment, European Commission
1997-1999 Policy Analyst, Unit Structural Actions, DG Budget, European Commission
1999-2004 Economic Analyst for Austria, DG Economics and Financial Affairs, European Commission
2004-2006 Senior Economist, Unit Conception and Analysis, DG Regional Policy, European Commission
2006-2007 Acting Head and Deputy Head, Unit Evaluation and Additionality, DG Regional Policy, European Commission
2007-2009 Adviser and Member of Cabinet to Danuta Hübner - Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission
 Since 2010 Adviser and Member of Cabinet to Johannes Hahn - Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission
2009-2010 Adviser and Member of Cabinet to Pawel Samecki - Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission

Dr. Rainer MÜNZ

Member, Advisory Committee, Financial Market Symposium, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1978 Ph.D., University of Vienna
1979-1989 Research Fellow, Austrian Academy of Sciences
1980-1998 Lecturer, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt and University of Vienna
1986-1987 Visiting Professor, University of Bamberg
1986, 1989 and 1997-1998 Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley
1988-1989 Visiting Professor, University of Frankfurt am Main
1989-1997 Lecturer, Technical University, Vienna
1990-1992 Director, Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Science
1992 Visiting Professor, University of Zurich
1992-2003 Head, Department of Demography, Humboldt University, Berlin
1995, 1997 Visiting Professor, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt
2000-2001 Visiting Professor, University of Vienna
2001-2002 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Mathematics of Finance, Technical University, Vienna
since 2003 Senior Fellow, HWWI - Hamburg Institute of International Economics
since 2005 Senior Researcher, Erste Group Bank AG
2008-2010 Member, Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030, European Union
since 2009 Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Center, Washington, D.C.
since 2010 Visiting Professor, University of St. Gallen
since 2010 Member of the Advisory Committee, Alpbach Financial Market Symposium, Vienna

Magdalena VASARYOVA

Member, National Council of the Slovak Republic; Member, Foreign Affairs Committee, Bratislava

1966-1971 Comenius University, Faculty of Philosophy, Bratislava
1970-1989 Actress, Divadlo na Korze, Nová Scéna, Slovenské národné divadlo
1990-1993 Ambassador, Austria
  foreign policy issues
1993-2000 Founder and Director of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA) in Bratislava and Founder of two reviews on
1995-2002 Founder and Director of marketing program of Czech Paralympics Team
1998-2000 Founder of "Citizen Eye" - NGO for election observation
since 2001 Active collaborator of the International Visegrad Found
2000-2005 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the Republic of Poland
2005-2006 State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
since 2006 Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic
since 2007 Founder and Head of the Board of NGO "Via Cultura"

Mag. Georg PFEIFER

Head, Information Office of the European Parliament in Austria, Vienna

1996-1999 Secretariat of the Regional Policy Committee, European Parliament
1999 Regional Policy Coordination Unit, Federal Chancellery of Austria
2000-2003 Secretariat of the Regional Policy and Transport Committee, European Parliament
2003-2006 Secretariat of the Environment Committee, European Parliament
2006-2010 Press Officer, Information Office Vienna, European Parliament
2010 Head, Information Office Vienna, European Parliament