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Want to become an expert in EU funds from your desk? Register for the Committee of the Regions MOOC!

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03 July 2019
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The new free massive open online course (MOOC) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) will go online on 15 January 2018. The CoR is launching a third MOOC focusing on "How to make the most of EU resources for regions and cities". The MOOC will provide 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 free and will be available on Iversity, an online learning platform, and will include 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 will focus on one specific theme per week and will evaluate their learning progress via assignments and a weekly quiz.
The course material will remain online for one year.

The course is co-created with several Directorates-General of the European​ Commission as well as the European Investment Bank, Interreg Europe and URBACT.

Register here for the MOOC:

Course structure

Chapter 1: Regions and cities in the EU (15-19 January 2018)
Chapter 2: The EU budget: revenue, expenditure, management and prospects (22-26 January). Live Facebook chat Thursday 25 January at 15:00 with DG BUDG Director General Nadia Calviño
Chapter 3: Equality of opportunities, wherever we live – because the EU invests in my region (29 January-02 February)
Chapter 4: The social dimension of the EU funding (05-09 February)
Chapter 5: Stimulating the local and regional economy: financing and advice for investment in regions and cities (12-16 February)
Chapter 6: The future of Europe: options and debates (19-23 February). 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 or follow online via webstreaming.

URBACT contribution

URBACT will contribute to Chapter 5 of the MOOC "Stimulating the local and regional economy: financing and advice for investment in regions and cities", which will take place from 12 to 16 February. This chapter will present the main advisory services and financing solutions that the EU, mainly through the European Investment Bank, can offer to stimulate economic growth in cities and regions, both for public and private investment: advisory services for innovative projects connected to the urban agenda, disaster risk management and post-disaster recovery, infrastructure, SMEs and microfinance. Key information about the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and innovative city projects connected to the Urban Agenda will also be provided.

Ahead of the course, have a look at the animation produced by the Action Planning Network RetaiLink on the evolution of retail. RetaiLink gathers ten European cities set inspire each other in order to create innovative strategies that would revitalise the retail sector in medium-sized cities.

Check out also the video Job generation for a jobless generation which is part of the URBACT Capitalisation Workstreams with the objective to present to Europe’s cities existing urban knowledge and good practices, including about jobs for young people in cities.


The URBACT content is now live on the MOOC e-learning platform!