ECON 

Commission for Economic Policy 

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​​​​The Commission for Economic Policy (ECON) coordinates ECON members' input on issues related to economic and industrial policy, such as competition and State Aid policy, public procurement, SME policy and entrepreneurship, Economic Governance and European Semester, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Internal Market and Digital Single Market. Its activities also encompass Economic and Monetary Policy, Taxation policy, International Trade and Tariffs (including WTO issues) and local/regional finances.  ​
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The ECON Secretariat is also responsible for the European Entrepreneurial Regions (EER) award scheme, which rewards EU regions with the most credible, forward-thinking and promising vision and innovative entrepreneurial policy strategy.

ECON is in charge of the Network of Regional Hubs for EU policy Implementation Review (RegHub) . RegHub is a platform, which involves local and regional actors through consultations to collect their experiences on EU policy implementation.

ECON manages the Broadband Platform, which is a joint initiative between the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission to help high-speed broadband reach all European regions.

The ECON Commission also plays a lead and coordination role in relations between the CoR and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group , which s​​​​​​pan a broad range of actions and policy fields.

Finally, via surveys, studies and analyses the ECON secretariat helps its members to monitor current trends in European cities and regions, and to identify good policy practices. ​


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  • Synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals and the National Recovery and Resilience Plans – Best Practices from Local and Regional Authorities

    Publication date: 20/07/2022Theme:Territorial cohesion, Sustainable development, Economic GovernanceAuthor:Michele Alessandrini and Ana Pasturel (t33 Srl), Kinga Hat and Arndt Münch (ÖIR GmbH), Marcela Mäder Furtado and Paola Marinović (Spatial Foresight GmbH).
  • Territorial foresight study in addressing the digital divide and promoting digital cohesion

    Publication date: 04/07/2022Theme:Digital agenda, Digital policy and connectivity, Territorial cohesion, SME policyAuthor:Susanna Fontana, Fabio Bisogni (Fondazione FORMIT), Simona Cavallini, Rossella Soldi (Progress Consulting S.r.l.).
  • The state of the regions, cities and villages in the areas of socio-economic policies

    Publication date: 01/07/2022Theme:Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), Social economy, Employment, Green DealAuthor:Kai Böhme, Marcela Mäder Furtado, Maria Toptsidou, Sebastian Hans, Arndt Münch, Bernd Schuh, Manon Badouix, Clarissa Amichetti, Alessandro Valenza, Elena Iacobucci, Anda Iacob, Helene Gorny, Isabella Messinger, Reinhard Pichler, Wolfgang Neugebauer
  • New trade and economic relations between EU-UK: the impact on regions and cities

    Publication date: 08/04/2022Theme:Financial markets, Internal market, Sustainable developmentAuthor:Michele Alessandrini, Carlo Bettini, Elena Iacobucci,Erik Gløersen and Sabine Zillmer (Spatial Foresight GmbH), Helene Gorny, Kinga Hat and Arndt Münch (ÖIR GmbH). Language review by Jacqueline Dawn Palmer
  • The state of the regions, cities and villages in the areas of socio¬economic policies. Contribution to the 2021 EU Annual Regional and Local Barometer

    Publication date: 28/10/2021Theme:Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), Social economy, Employment, Green DealAuthor:Kai Böhme, Christian Lüer, Flavio Besana, Sebastian Hans, Bernd Schuh, Arndt Münch & Helene Gorny, including inputs by Alessandro Valenza, Sabine Zillmer & Hristo Dokov, Language editing by Tim Wills
  • The state of digital transformation at regional level and COVID-19 induced changes to economy and business models, and their consequences for regions

    Publication date: 14/07/2021Theme:Digital agenda, Digital policy and connectivity, SME policy, Territorial cohesionAuthor:Simona Cavallini (Fondazione FORMIT) and Rossella Soldi (Progress Consulting S.r.l.)
  • Local and regional finances in the aftermath of COVID-19

    Publication date: 24/06/2021Theme:Sub-national financeAuthor:Michele Alessandrini (t33 Srl), Ivan Bosch Chen (CSES), Veronika Kubeková (Blomeyer & Sanz), and Fabio Fiorillo, with contributions from Roland Blomeyer (Blomeyer & Sanz), Gabriele Ceccarelli (t33 Srl) and Jack Malan (CSES), Lang. review by Timothy Wills.
  • Regional and local authorities and the National Recovery and Resilience Plans

    Publication date: 24/06/2021Theme:Territorial cohesion, Sustainable development, Economic GovernanceAuthor:Alessandro Valenza, Anda Iacob, Clarissa Amichetti, Pietro Celotti (t33 Srl), Sabine Zillmer (Spatial Foresight) and Jacek Kotrasinski
  • The EU’s notification procedure under the Services Directive – implications for local and regional authorities in the light of the January 2018 ECJ ruling

    Publication date: 26/11/2020Theme:Internal market, Services of general economic interestAuthor:Erich Dallhammer, Ursula Mollay and Joanne Tordy (ÖIR)
  • Regions and cities providing SGEIs: identifying difficulties resulting from the State aid framework

    Publication date: 10/11/2020Theme:State aid and competition, Services of general economic interestAuthor:Michele Alessandrini, Salvatore Tarantino (t33), Sabine Zillmer (Spatial Foresight), Martyna Derszniak-Noirjean (ÖIR), with contributions from Paola Le Moglie (t33) and language editing by Tim Wills (t33).
  • Potential impacts of COVID-19 on regions and cities of the EU

    Publication date: 12/10/2020Theme:Public healthAuthor:Kai Böhme, Flavio Besana, Christian Lüer, Frank Holstein, Sebastian Hans (Spatial Foresight), Alessandro Valenza, Bertille Caillaud (t33) and Martyna Derszniak-Noirjean (ÖIR)
  • Active subsidiarity and the European Semester: the involvement of cities and regions in policy-making for investment and structural reform

    Publication date: 03/07/2020Theme:Subsidiarity and proportionalityAuthor:Alessandro Valenza and Paul Hickey (t33 Srl), Sabine Zillmer and Paul Georis(Spatial Foresight)
  • Assessing the need for a modification of the state aid rules for the phasing-out of coal

    Publication date: 23/03/2020Theme:Industrial policyAuthor:Michele Alessandrini, Pietro Celotti, Giacomo Nespeca (t33 Srl), Silke Haarich, Christian Lüer, Sabine Zillmer (Spatial Foresight GmbH), Erich Dallhammer, Martyna Derszniak-Noirjean, Markéta Prasilova (OIR GmbH), and Salvatore Tarantino.
  • EU policy framework on SMEs: state of play and challenges

    Publication date: 29/07/2019Theme:SME policyAuthor:Michele Alessandrini, Alessandro Valenza, Andrea Gramillano, Chiara Zingaretti, (t33 Srl), Sabine Zillmer, Frank Holstein and Giacomo Salvatori (Spatial Foresight). Contributions from Erich Dallhammer,Mailin Gaupp-Berghausen and Martyna Derszniak (ÖIR)
  • Implementing a place-based approach to EU industrial policy strategy

    Publication date: 16/07/2019Theme:Industrial policyAuthor:M. Alessandrini (t33), P. Celotti (t33), E. Dallhammer (OIR), H. Gorny (OIR), A. Gramillano (t33), B. Schuh (OIR) and C. Zingaretti (t33) with contributions from M. Toptsidou (Spatial Foresight)
  • Assessing the implementation of the 2014 Directives on public procurement: challenges and opportunities at regional and local level

    Publication date: 14/06/2019Theme:Public procurementAuthor:Alessandro Valenza, Michele Alessandrini, Paul Negrila and Pietro Celotti (t33 Srl).
  • A territorial approach for the implementation of the SDGs in the EU – The role of the European Committee of the Regions

    Publication date: 11/04/2019Theme:Long-term strategy for investment, growth and jobs (renewed Europe 2020)Author:François Levarlet, Michele Alessandrini, Pietro Celotti (t33) with contributions from Giacomo Salvatori and Frank Holstein (Spatial Foresight), Martyna Derszniak-Noirjean and Mailin Gaupp-Berghausen (ÖIR), Paolo Seri, Veronika Müller (t33)
  • Administrative capacity of local and regional authorities: Opportunities and challenges for structural reforms and a more effective European economic governance

    Publication date: 30/11/2018Theme:Economic GovernanceAuthor:Jürgen Pucher (Project Leader) and Haris Martinos (METIS GmbH).
  • The involvement of the Local and Regional Authorities in the European Semester – Analysis of the 2018 National Reform Programmes

    Publication date: 01/10/2018Theme:Economic Governance, European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), Europe 2020 StrategyAuthor:Jürgen Pucher (Project Leader) and Wolfgang Schausberger (METIS GmbH)
  • The democratic dimension of EU negotiations on trade agreements: the role and responsibilities of citizens and LRAs

    Publication date: 17/12/2017Theme:Trade policyAuthor:Bernd Schuh, Sanja Brkanovic, Helene Gorny, Edith Stifter (ÖIR) in collaboration with Paola Le Moglie and Pietro Celotti (t33).
  • The involvement of the local and regional authorities in the European Semester: analysis of the 2017 National Reform Programmes

    Publication date: 19/10/2017Theme:Economic GovernanceAuthor:Jürgen Pucher and Wolfgang Schausberger (METIS GmbH).
  • Improving the European Semester by involving local and regional authorities: Overview of good practices

    Publication date: 11/10/2017Theme:Economic GovernanceAuthor:Jürgen Pucher and Haris Martinos (METIS GmbH).
  • Implementation of the Decision and the Framework on SGEIs: involvement of LRAs in the reporting exercise and state of play as regards the assessment of social services as economic activities

    Publication date: 08/06/2017Theme:Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European Structural and Investment FundsAuthor:Sabine Zillmer, Silke Haarich, Frank Holstein and Maria Toptsidou (Spatial Foresight) with contributions from Paola Le Moglie (t33)
  • - Implementation of the Decision and the Framework on SGEIs: involvement of LRAs in the reporting exercise and state of play as regards the assessment of social services as economic activities - Executive Summary

    Publication date: 07/06/2017Theme:Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)Author:Sabine Zillmer, Silke Haarich, Frank Holstein and Maria Toptsidou (Spatial Foresight) with contributions from Paola Le Moglie (t33)
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  • The role of the local and regional authorities in the implementation of the EFSI: opportunities and challenges

    Publication date: 06/06/2017Theme:European Structural and Investment FundsAuthor:Michele Alessandrini, François Levarlet, Paul Negrila, Paola Le Moglie, Andrea Bucci, Pietro Celotti (t33), Ursula Mollay (ÖIR) and Jacek Kotrasiński.
  • - The role of the local and regional authorities in the implementationof the EFSI: opportunities and challenges - Executive Summary

    Publication date: 05/06/2017Theme:European Structural and Investment FundsAuthor:Michele Alessandrini, François Levarlet, Paul Negrila, Paola Le Moglie, Andrea Bucci, Pietro Celotti (t33), Ursula Mollay (ÖIR) and Jacek Kotrasiński.
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  • Entrepreneurship on islands and other peripheral regions

    Publication date: 18/04/2017Theme:European Structural and Investment Funds, Entrepreneurship, SME policyAuthor:Silke Haarich, Sabine Zillmer, Frank Holstein, Amparo Montán, Nathalie Wergles, Maria Toptsidou (Spatial Foresight), Helene Gorny and Sanja Brkanovic (ÖIR) and Pietro Celotti (t33).
  • The future of industry in Europe

    Publication date: 18/04/2017Theme:European Structural and Investment FundsAuthor:Michele Alessandrini, Pietro Celotti, Andrea Gramillano, and Marco Lilla (t33).
  • How to improve regional and local governance of SME and entrepreneurship policy

    Publication date: 17/04/2017Theme:European Structural and Investment Funds, SME policyAuthor:Bernd Schuh, Stephanie Kirchmayr-Novak, Helene Gorny, Jiannis Kaucic, Florian Keringer (ÖIR), Sebastian Hans, Frank Holstein, Maria Topsidou, Sabine Zillmer (Spatial Foresight), Paola Le Moglie, Elodie Lorgeoux, Pietro Celotti (t33)
  • The role of the local and regional authorities in the implementation of Europe 2020 – analysis of 2016 National Reform Programmes

    Publication date: 27/09/2016Theme:Economic Governance, Europe 2020 StrategyAuthor:Jürgen Pucher (project leader), Nicole Hauder, Wolfgang Schausberger (Metis GmbH).
  • Obstacles to investments at local and regional level

    Publication date: 25/09/2016Theme:European Structural and Investment Funds, Investment policyAuthor:Jürgen Pucher (Project Leader), Haris Martinos and Wolfgang Schausberger (Metis GmbH).
  • A Code of Conduct on the involvement of the Local and Regional Authorities in the European Semester

    Publication date: 01/12/2015Theme:Economic Governance, Europe 2020 StrategyAuthor:Jürgen Pucher (Project Leader) and Haris Martinos (Metis GmbH)
  • The role of Local and Regional Authorities in the implementation of Europe 2020 – Analysis of 2015 National Reform Programmes

    Publication date: 10/11/2015Theme:Europe 2020 Strategy, Economic GovernanceAuthor:Jürgen Pucher (Project Leader), Teresa Blood, Alexandra Frangenheim and Wolfgang Schausberger (Metis GmbH).
  • Success Factors for LRAs in Implementing Europe 2020

    Publication date: 07/10/2015Theme:Europe 2020 StrategyAuthor:Terri Kafyeke and Tanja Srebotnjak (Ecologic Institute).
  • On the role of the local and regional authorities in the Europe 2020 National Reform Programmes: Analysis of the 2014 National Reform Programmes

    Publication date: 14/12/2014Theme:Europe 2020 StrategyAuthor:Asya Dimitrova and Markus Hametner (Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business) with contributions from Tanja Srebotnjak (Ecologic Institute).
  • Public investment to support long-term economic growth in the EU

    Theme:Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)
  • A fiscal capacity for the euro area?

Composition

  • portrait of Jaroslava POKORNÁ JERMANOVÁJaroslava POKORNÁ JERMANOVÁPresident/Chair
  • portrait of Ilpo HELTIMOINENIlpo HELTIMOINENFirst Vice-President / First Vice-Chair
  • portrait of Pehr GRANFALKPehr GRANFALKSecond Vice-President / Second Vice-Chair

​S​​ecretariat

Head of Unit: Marie-Claire Neill-Cowper

Deputy Head of Unit: Robert Rönström, in charge of Public procurement, Trade, Brexit, Competition and State Aid Policy

Assistant to the HoU: Maria Smyth

Administrators:

  • Nils Brunelet, in charge of Local/Regional Finance and Investment, RRF, Economic Governance, Economic and Monetary Policy, relations with the EIB
  • Marek Bobis, in charge of Digital Single Market, Broadband Platform
  • Rafael Mondelaers, in charge of RegHub and Single Market
  • Audrey Parizel, in charge of sustainable Development Goals Governance, Economic Governance and European Semester
  • Alexander Popov, in charge of Digital Single Market, Broadband Platform
  • Anke Schuster, in charge of Digital Single Market, Broadband Platform
  • ​Rainer Steffens, in charge of RegHub
  • Piotr Zajączkowski, in charge of SME Policy and Entrepreneurship, EER scheme and Internal Market

Assistants:

  • Andreea Linul, general support to ECON Commission
  • Teresa Geyer, general support to RegHub ​​

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