Course code PolZ5008

Credit points 2

European Union Funds

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours56

Date of course confirmation20.12.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Baiba Miltoviča

Mg. paed.

Course abstract

The study course provides thorough knowledge about political and institutional framework of the European Union (EU) Funds, the EU's Regional and Cohesion Policy, its goals and objectives, their development periods. Students learn the principles and legal framework of EU Fund management. During the lectures students introduce to the process of planning, implementation and monitoring of EU Funds in Latvia. In practical seminars, students acquire skills to evaluate EU funds as a sector’s policy instruments and understand the institutionalization of EU funds acquisition in Latvia.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course student will have:
Knowledge – of the theoretical political and institutional framework of EU Funds, principles of EU funds management and legal framework; Comprehends and understands the process of planning, implementation and monitoring of EU funds.

Skills – to orientate within the framework of national and EU Funds, understands institutionalization of acquisition of EU Funds; Ability to independently analyze the significance of the EU fund applied in the project.

Competencies – to independently select a project example and analyze the suitability of one EU Funds; Demonstrates collaboration and development of common conclusions and proposals on the process of EU Funds and projects within organizations.

Course Content(Calendar)

Lecture topics.
1. European Union policy, limits of competence.
2. The EU's multiannual financial framework and its impact on EU funds.
3. The essence and historical development of EU Regional Policy.
4. Objectives and tasks of EU Cohesion Policy.
5. Institutional framework for implementation of EU Structural Funds in Latvia.
6. The European Regional Development Fund and its operational programs.
7. Objectives and tasks of the European Social Fund.
8. European Territorial Cooperation.
9. EU Education, Civic and Cultural Programs.
10. Future challenges for EU policy and fund development.

1. The EU's Multiannual Financial Framework and its impact on EU funds (2 hours).
2. Impact of the Lisbon Treaty on EU Cohesion Policy. (1 hour).
3. Priority directions of investments of EU funds, their importance. (1 hour).
4. Planning, implementation and supervision of EU funds in Latvia. (2 hours).
5. Evaluation of EU funds, its importance. (1 hour).
6. EU funds planning periods, their characteristics. (2 hours).
7. EU fund administration system and digitization (2 hours).
8. Evaluation of EU funds and communication management in projects. (1 hour).

Requirements for awarding credit points

Prepared and defended independent work on the project example, analyzing the suitability of one EU Fund (weight of 30%).
Developed and submitted an evaluation of one EU Fund (weight of 30%).
Conclusions and proposals on the process of EU funds and projects in organizations have been developed (weight of 40%).

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent work (proving theoretical literature acquisition) - developed and defended independent work on the project example, analyzing the suitability of one EU Fund and evaluation of one EU Fund - presentation.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Formal test with a grade on a 10-point scale consists of a cumulative assessment of progress during the semester (100% system):
- 2 developed and defended independent works - 60%;
- test on time - 40%.
Independent work is evaluated by the quality of the task fulfillment requirements set by the lecturer.

Compulsory reading

1. Bachtler J., Mendez C., EU Cohesion Policy and European Integration: The Dynamics of EU Budget and Regional Policy Reform. London: Routledge, 2016.-p. 336
2. Borchardt K.D., The ABC of European Union law. European Commission. Luxembourg: Publications Office. 2011.-p.140
3. Raagmaa G., Stead D., Impacts of European Territorial Policies in the Baltic States. London; New York: Routledge, 2015.-p.160. (e-grāmata).
4. Piattoni S., Polverari L. Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU. UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. 2016.- p. 584. (e-grāmata).
5. Rokasgrāmata praktiskam darbam ar ES jautājumiem. Rīga: LR Ārlietu ministrija, 170.lpp., 2010.gads.
6. Ševe C., Buka A., Gailītis K. Eiropas Savienības tiesības. Institucionālās tiesības. I un II daļa. Rīga: Tiesu namu aģentūra. 2014. gads.

Further reading

1. Adams N., Cotella G., Nunes R., Territorial Development, Cohesion and Spatial Planning: Knowledge and Policy Development in an Enlarged EU. London: Routledge. 2011. – p.457.
2. Dijkstra L., My Region, My Europe, Our Future. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. 2017.- p.249. [Tiešsaiste]
3. Bachtler J., Berkowitz P., Hardy S., Muravska T. EU Cohesion Policy (Open Access): Reassessing performance and direction. Taylor & Francis, 2016. – p. 320
4. Fernandes S., Gyger E. What kind of social Europe after the crisis? Syntesis paper of the Notre Europe . Jacques Delors institute. 2014.
5. Līgums par Eiropas Savienības darbību. Konsolidētā versija. Eiropas Savienības Oficiālais Vēstnesis, C83/47, 30.3.2010.
6. LR Finanšu ministrija. ES Strukturfondu projektu grāmata. Eiropas Savienības fondu vadošā iestāde. Rīga: SIA ”Apgāds Mantojums”. 66.lpp., 2007.gads.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Ž.Ozoliņa zin. red. “Latvijas intereses Eiropas Savienībā”, Rīga
2. LR Finanšu ministrija [Tiešsaiste]
3. Eiropas Komisija Reģionu politikas ģenerāldirektorāts [Tiešsaiste]
4. LR Valsts reģionālās attīstības aģentūra [Tiešsaiste]
5. Latvijas Nacionālā projektu vadīšanas asociācija (LNPVA), [Tiešsaiste]