Simona Milio

Croatia should draw on universities to build its capacity for evaluating the use of EU funds.

Croatia is due to become the 28th member state of the European Union on the 1st of July. Ahead of the country’s accession, Simona Milio writes on efforts to build Croatia’s capacity for evaluating its use of EU funds. All EU member states that receive Cohesion Policy funding are required to have a strong evaluation system in place, yet the […]


The investment in innovation and technology needed to combat the economic crisis may be the main casualties of the EU’s budget squeeze.

The EU’s budgetary framework works in seven year cycles with negotiations now on-going for the upcoming 2014-2020 spending programme. Ahead of a special summit on the EU’s budget next month, Giacomo Benedetto and Simona Milio  write that while the budget is relatively small compared to the EU’s gross national income, expected cuts mean that investment programmes which can make a difference in […]