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  • Consulting in the field of EU structural funds projects

    - Generating project ideas and discussing project proposals
    - Matching projects with suitable EU funding
    - Finding and contacting cooperation partners, and setting up a suitable project-organisation

  • Preparation of project applications

    - Preparation of project applications and their compulsory supplements (such as marketing analysis, financial and marketing analysis, CBA) for projects seeking financial support from under the framework of regional (Integrated Regional Programme), sectoral (Research, Science and Education, Employment, Enterprises and Innovations for Competitiveness, Environment etc.)and cross-border programmes

  • Project management

    - Management and monitoring of EU structural funds projects supported under the framework of regional, sectoral and cross-border programmes

  • Educational and training activities

    - Educational and training programmes/modules focused on the preparation and realization of EU-funded projects, project management, financial management, strategic management, soft skills and EU policies tailor-made according to the needs of clients from both public and private sectors

    - Realization of the accredited programmes (accredited by Ministry of Interior) for the public administration institutions (§ 31 par. 5, Act no. 312/2002 Coll.) – continuous education of public servants. Available courses:
    o Selected aspects of project management
    o Selected aspects of financial management
    o Selected aspects of strategic management
    o European Union: structures, policies, processes

    - Realization of the accredited programmes (accredited by Ministry of education) for teachers of elementary and secondary schools in the field of project management, financial management, strategic management, soft skills and EU policies (more than 20 specialized programmes/modules available)

  • Preparation of strategic and analytical documents

    - Works related to strategic planning of towns, municipalities, and regional development planning
    - Public analyses, market research studies, strategic project identification and appraisal, national and regional investment monitoring and evaluation in the field of tourism and leisure
    - Focused analysis, evaluation studies and strategic documents for the implementation of EU cohesion policy in the Czech Republic
    - Analysis, evaluation studies and concept documents in the field of public policies (education, human resource development, regional development, tourism and leisure)

  • Research

    - Research activities in the field of public policies (education, regional development, European Union policies)

  • The Modernization of Educational Technological Equipment at SŠ-COPT Kroměříž

    (ROP Central Moravia, Area of Support 2.2 - Development of Towns, Sub-area of Support 2.2.3 Infrastructure for Development of Education)
    The project aims to increase the quality of education in technical disciplines at the econdary Vocational School in Kroměříž via the modernization of school's facilities for vocational training.

  • The Construction of Purkmistr Hotel in Kroměříž

    (ROP Central Moravia, Area of Support 3.2. Business Infrastructure and Services)
    The aim of the project is to build a four star hotel in Kroměříž with with suitable facilities for congress tourism. The hotel will have 46 beds. It will also have a welness centers, restaurant, wine cellar, lobby bar, lecture room and other accompanying services like a hairdresser and pedicure.

  • The Revitalisation of the Housing in Karviná - Nové Město in the framework of the IPRM Karviná

    (Integrated Operational Programme, Field of Support 5.2. Improvement of the Living Environment in the Problematic Housing Estates)
    The project is focused on the revitalization of the housing in Karviná - Nové Město.

  • The Revitalisation of the Housing in Orlová - Poruba in the framework of the IPRM Orlová

    (Integrated Operational Programme, Field of Support 5.2. Improvement of the Living Environment in the Problematic Housing Estates)
    The project is focused on the revitalization of the housing in Orlová - Poruba.

  • The Revitalization of the Landek Mining Museum in Ostrava

    (ROP Moravskoslezsko, area of support 2.2 - Tourism Development, sub-area of support 2.2.1 - Building, Revitalization and Modernization of Tourism Infrastructure, Suporting Services and Tourism Attractivities)
    The project aims to revitalize the Landek Mining Museum area and realize its transformation into a modern museum thematic park. The reconstruction of the historic buildings will enable the realization of a self-contained conception of exhibitions and at the same time it would involve the preservation of industrial heritage sights.

  • Modernization of The Ski Center Kohútka - Javorníky

    (ROP Central Moravia, Area of Support 3.3 - Business Infrastructure and Services, Sub-area of Support 3.3.1 - Business Infrastructure and Services on the Territory Defined by the Area of Support 3.1.)
    The aim of this project is development and reconstruction of infrastructure for active leisure and tourism activities. It aims to increase the number of tourists and to strenghten the local economy. The specific project's aim is to build a four-seat funicular and an outdoor snow system with appropriate technical support for all ski slopes within the ski center.

  • Regional Vocational Training Center for Engineering and Automotive Industry in Vsetín

    (ROP Central Moravia, Area of Support 2.2 - Development of Towns, Sub-area of Support 2.2.3 Infrastructure for Development of Education)
    The project aims to increase the quality of education in engineering and automotive disciplines at the Josef Sousedík Secondary Vocational School in Vsetín via the modernization of school's facilities for vocational training.


  • Modernization of Vocational Center for Gastronomic Disciplines at SŠGS in Přerov

    (ROP Central Moravia, Area of Support 2.2 - Development of Towns, Sub-area of Support 2.2.3 Infrastructure for Development of Education)
    The project aims to increase the quality of education in gastronomic disciplines at SŠGS in Přerov via the modernization of school's facilities for specialized vocational training.

  • The Construction of Baltaci Hotel in Zlin

    (ROP Central Moravia, Area of Support 3.3. Business Infrastructure and Services)
    The aim of the project is to build a five star hotel in Zlin with with suitable facilities for congress tourism. The hotel will have 60 beds in 27 two-bed rooms and 3 suites. The hotel will also have two welness centers and other accompanying services like a hairdresser, cosmetics, manicure, pedicure, massages and a solarium.

  • The Construction of the ZOO's African Section I. - Ethiopia I. phase

    (ROP Central Moravia, Area of Support 3.2. Public Infrastructure and Services)
    The aim of this project is to support attendance of the Zlin ZOO by the completion of the ZOO's African section. The project concerns the construction of the Ethiopia section with the exposition of special kinds of Ethiopian monkeys and exotic avifauna.

  • Tourism Infrastructure Development in Karviná – GolfPark Darkov

    (ROP Moravskoslezsko, Area of Support 2.2. Tourism Development)
    The project builds a 9-hole fully-equipped golf course with a driving range. The new precinct will broaden the offer of tourism services in Karviná, mainly for the present clientele of the spa and wellness facilities. The project represents the first phase of the 18-hole full-fledged golf course construction.

  • Revitalisation of Former Military Area - The Haná Square in Kroměříž

    (ROP Central Moravia, Area of Support 2.2. Development of Towns)
    The project is focused on the revitalisation of a military brownfield in Kroměříž, its inclusion into the town space and utilisation for new activities.

  • Nový Jičín Strategic Development Plan for 2007–2013

    Methodological supervison of the preparations of the development plan, including the preparation of background analytical documents and the facilitation of working seminars.

  • Sustainable Development of Tourism in the Hranicko Region

    (INTERREG IIIC)
    Preparation of the tourism potential analysis, strategic tourism development plan, and regional marketing plan for the development of tourism in the Hranicko region.

  • Tourism Marketing Study for the Town of Hranice, 2007 - 2010

    (J-ROP, measure 4.1.2.)
    Preparation of tourism marketing study for the town of Hranice, 2007 - 2010. The study was prepared as a part of the project supporting the development of regional and local tourism services which was financed by the J-ROP grant scheme of the Olomouc region.
    download: A5_web.pdf

  • Strengthening of the Communication System of the Euroregion Silesia

    (J-ROP, measure 2.2)
    The project is aiming at the development and strengthening of the metropolitan nets and local communication systems in the towns of Nový Jičín, Horní Benešov and Bruntál and also at re-construction of the Information and Communication Technology Center in Opava.

  • Gate to Beskydy Mountains – Information and Advisory Center in Valašské Meziříčí

    (Interreg IIIA ČR-SR)
    The development of tourism in the area is enhanced through establishment of Municipality Information and Consultancy Center directed at the EU project preparation and management. The center would be making use of the premises of the Baroque corn loft situated in Valašské Meziříčí.

  • Development of the Tourism Infrastructure in the Town of Hodonín by Providing Accessories and Facilities in the New Sports Hall

    (Interreg IIIA ČR-SR)
    The offer of services directed at the support of tourism in the area of Hodonín and vicinities (including the neighboring cross –border regions in Slovakia) would be enriched through launching the multifunctional sports hall.

  • The study on the Employment of the Renewable Energy Resources as a Tool for Improving the Living Conditions of Citizens of Valašské Meziříčí

    (Interreg IIIA ČR-SR)
    The objective of the project is to provide the conceptual and strategic document drafting the scheme for diminution of the emission generation for different groups of pollution generators (such as flats, family-houses, small contamination sources, intermediate and high pollution generators). Moreover, it would establish the systemic partnership aiming at the improving air conditions in the overall area of the town and the region.

  • Development of Transportation Infrastructure in the Region – Barrier-free Public Transport System in Nový Jičín

    (J-ROP, measure 2.1.)
    Project is directed at the enhancement of local public transport services in the town of Nový Jičín and as well as on reduction in the existing constraints for the citizens suffering from limited mobility and orientation by improving the transportation facilities.

  • Industrial Park Horní Předměstí in Nový Jičín

    (Development Grant, Ministry for Regional Development Czech Republic)
    Drafting and elaboration of the feasibility study on the possibilities for developing industrial activities in the area of the town Nový Jičín, specifically in locality Horní Předměstí.

  • Implementation of the Modern Management Methods within Zlín Regional Authority and in Other Selected Organizations Aiming at the Improvement of Their Adaptability

    (OP Development of Human Resources, measure 4.1.)
    The objective of the planned activity lies in improvement of the adaptability of Zlín Regional Authority’s civil servants and/or those in other selected organizations founded by the Authority by the implementation of modern management methods and progressive information technologies.

  • Development of Information and Communication Technologies in Kroměříž II.

    (J-ROP, measure 2.2.)
    The intervention is aiming at limiting the barriers in accessibility to internet connection for the citizens and visitors of the town Kroměříž through supplementing the information infrastructure and making use of the broad band internet connection.

  • Green Light for Beskydy Mountains – Exploiting the Renewable Energy Resources

    (Interreg IIIA ČR-SR)
    The project sets forth the installation and service of equipment designed to heat up the water in outdoor public swimming pool in Valašské Meziříčí using the renewable energy resources. The implemented project results not only in widening the spectra of available public services for the citizens of Valašské Meziříčí, but also creates the possibilities for the visitors of the mountainous areas on both sides of the frontier.

  • Congressional, Training and Information Centre with the Accommodation Potential for the Micro-region Valašskomeziříčsko-Kelečsko

    (J-ROP, measure 4.2.)
    The project stems from the intention to enhance the economic and social benefits derived from the raising tourist activities in micro region Valašskomeziříčsko-Kelečsko through establishing the congressional, training and information centre with the accommodation potential in Valašské meziříčí.

  • Development of Transportation Services in the Region – Barrier-free Public Transport in Kroměříž

    (J-ROP, measure 2.1.)
    Project is directed at the enhancement of local public transport services in the town of Kroměříž and as well as on the reduction in the existing constraints for the citizens suffering from limited mobility and orientation by improving the transportation facilities.

  • Establishing Networks between Towns, Villages and Regions as a Platform for Education and Operations Employing the Examples of Good Practice in the Sustainable Development

    (OP-Development of Human Resources, measure 4.2.)
    The aim of the project is to strengthen the system of environmental education and public awareness rising about sustainable development. This is planned to be done through establishing of the network of local agenda centers (MA21) – i.e. networks of the municipalities dealing with the processes MA21 and the environmental educational activities.

  • Green Light for Zlin Region

    (OP – Development of Human Resources, measure 4.2.)
    The project attempts at the breaking of the barriers that are associated with the approach to and perception of the sustainable development through a system of proposals for educational and training activities for all different age and target groups. The objective lies in the retaining and re-constructing the environment-friendly technologies, traditional crafts, employing local resources and supporting the utilization of the renewable energy resources with the help of the regional “ECO energy consulting office” and the environmental education and awarness network.

  • Development of Transportation Services in the Region – Barrier-free Public Transport System in Hodonín

    (J-ROP, measure 2.1.)
    Project is directed at the enhancement of local public transport services in the town of Hodonín and as well as on the reduction in the existing constraints for the citizens suffering from limited mobility and orientation by improving the transportation facilities.

  • Development of Information and Communication Technologies in Kroměříž I.

    (J-ROP, measure 2.2.)
    The intervention is aiming at limiting the barriers in accessibility to internet connection for the citizens and visitors of the town Kroměříž through supplementing the information infrastructure making use of the broad band internet connection.

  • Seminar "Project Financial Management, Financial Control and Audit" -preparation and realization of a two-day seminar for the Olomoucky Region
    Termination date:June 2011
    Client:Olomouc Region, Jeremenkova 40a, Olomouc, 779 11
    Contact:Ing. Leona Valovičová, Department of Strategic Planning, Regional Athority of Olomouc Region
  • Seminar "Project Management and Administration" -preparation and realization of a two-day seminar for the Olomoucky Region
    Termination date:May 2011
    Client:Olomouc Region, Jeremenkova 40a, Olomouc, 779 11
    Contact:Ing. Leona Valovičová, Department of Strategic Planning, Regional Athority of Olomouc Region
  • Seminar "Project Preparation and Management" - the preparation and realization of a three day training seminar for the Department of Internal Audit and Authorized Auding Subject, Ministry for Regional Development
    Termination date:June 2010
    Client:Ministry for Regional Development, Staroměstské nám. 6, Prague 1
    Contact:ing. Eva Jelínková, Department of Publicity and Administrative Capacity NSRF
  • Realization of the training programme "Feasibility Study, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Financial and Economic Analysis of Structural Funds Projects" under the auspicies of the project „Increasing the Absorption Capacity of the Zlinský Region in 2007-13 1. phase“ (ROP Central Moravia, Measure 4.2.).
    Termination date:May 2010
    Client:Zlínský Region, tř. Tomáše Bati 21, Zlín, 761 90
    Contact:ing. Andrea Trávníčková, Department of Strategic Development
  • Partnership involvement - project „Training Teachers in the Preparation and Management of EU's Structural Funds Projects at Secondary Schools of Olomouc Region". The project was supported within the 2nd call for proposals, Measure 3.1, Operational Programme Human Resource Development.
    Termination date:November 2006 - June 2008
    Client:Regional Authority of Olomouc Region, Jeremenkova 40a, Olomouc, 779 11
    Contact:Mgr. Miroslav Gajdůšek, MBA, Department of Education, Youth and Sports, Regional Authority of Olomouc Region
  • Implementation of the Training Programme "Supporting project preparation at secondary schools and school facilities of the Zlinsky region" in the framework of the Partnership for the New Strategy of the Zlinsky Region (J-ROP, measure 3.3.)
    Termination date:December 2006 - July 2007
    Client:Zlinsky Region, tř. Tomáše Bati 21, Zlín, 761 90
    Contact:Ing. Tomáš Marek, Department of Strategic Development
  • Implementation of the Training Program “Training of school principals and teachers of the selected schools and school facilities of the Olomouc region in preparation of EU's structural funds investment projects”
    Termination date:October 2006 - December 2006
    Client:Regional Authority of Olomouc Region, Jeremenkova 40a, Olomouc, 779 11
    Contact:Dr. Karel Goš, Department of Education, Youth and Sports, Regional Authority of Olomouc Region
  • Implementation of the Training Programme for the Potencial Recipients of EU Funds (J-ROP, measure 3.3.) in the Olomouc Region
    Termination date:May 2006 - June 2006
    Client:Olomouc Region, Jeremenkova 40a, Olomouc, 779 11
    Contact:Ing. Leona Valovičová, Department of Strategic Planning, Regional Athority of Olomouc Region
  • How to Use the Financial Sources of the EU - a Chance for the Villages and Towns
    Termination date:September 2005 – April 2006
    Client:Institut samosprávné demokracie o.p.s., Osvoboditelů 523, Zlín, 760 01
    Contact:Ing. Rostislav Gargulák, General Manager
  • Implementation of the Training Programme for the Euromanagers (J-ROP, measure 3.3.) in the Olomouc Region
    Termination date:October 2005 - March 2006
    Client:Olomouc Region, Jeremenkova 40a, Olomouc, 779 11
    Contact:Ing. Leona Valovičová, Department of Strategic Planning, Regional Athority of Olomouc Region
  • Implementation of the Training Program “Training on Preparation of the Grant Proposals for the EU Structural Funds” for Teachers and Managers in Selected Schools and Educational Institutions Founded by the Regional Authority
    Termination date:October 2005 – February 2006
    Client:Regional Authority of Olomouc Region, Jeremenkova 40a, Olomouc, 779 11
    Contact:Dr. Karel Goš, Department of Education, Youth and Sports, Regional Authority of Olomouc Region
  • Implementation of the Fundamental Training Course on European Union for the Olomouc Region (in compliance with the “Integral Methodic on Education of Public Servants Working on EU Affair)s
    Termination date:September 2002 – June 2005
    Client:Regional Authority of Olomouc Region, Jeremenkova 40a, 779 11, Olomouc
    Contact:Miroslava Přibylová, Ing. Ivana Plachá, Ing. Ivana Šimková, Department of Personnel and Education
  • Implementation of the Training Course “Preparation for the EU Structural Policy” within the Framework of the Open Society Fund’s Project “NGOs on the Way to EU”
    Termination date:May 2003 – April 2005
    Client:Open Society Fund Prague, Seifertova 47, 130 00 Prague
    Contact:Dr. Jaroslava Šťastná, Dr.Alexandra Brabcová, Program Managers
  • Implementation of the Training Program “Economics of the EU”
    Termination date:May 2005 – November 2005
    Client:Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Prague, Lazarská 6, 120 00 Prague
    Contact:Mgr. Veronika Hubková-Grecová, Program Manager
  • Implementation of the Training Course “Preparation for the EU Structural Policy” within the Frame of the Project PHARE “Gate to the EU” Realized by the Center of Information for the Civic Society (CIPOS)
    Termination date:February 2004 – October 2004
    Client:CIPOS, Svatoplukova 53, 796 01 Prostějov
    Contact:Ing. Marie Svobodová, Project Manager
  • Implementation of the Training Program “Youth in the EU”
    Termination date:May 2004 – November 2004
    Client:Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Prague, Lazarská 6, 120 00 Prague
    Contact:Mgr. Veronika Hubková-Grecová, Program Manager
  • Learning from US experience: A Transatlantic Exchange Program in Public Administration (drafting of the training modules for the post gradual training on public administration at Palacky University in Olomouc)
    Termination date:January 2000 – May 2003
    Client:U.S. Department of State, HR/REE, SA-1, 2401 E St, NW, 5H, Washington D.C.20522
    Contact:Josephine Griffin, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affaires
  • Training Center in EU Affaires: Strengthening State Institutions for the EU Membership (drafting 12 training modules on EU Public Administration and EU Affaires with the objective of launching the training for the civil servants in state, regional and local institutions)
    Termination date:January 2001 – December 2003
    Client:Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Administratie Buitenlands Beleid, Afdeling Europa, Boudewijnlaan 30, B-1000 Brussel
    Contact:Dr. Elizabeth van Reybroeck, Antwerp Universitat, Onderzoeker Steunpunt Bestuurlijke Organisatie Vlaanderen, Korte Sint-Annastraat 6, 2000 Antwerpen
  • Implementation of the Training course “Strengthening Capacities of Teachers in the Field of Project Management and EU Structural Policy” at the Selected Secondary Schools in Olomouc Region
    Termination date:September 2003 – May 2004
    Client:Regional Authority of Olomouc Region, Jeremenkova 40a, 779 11 Olomouc
    Contact:Dr. Karel Goš, Department of Education, Youth and Sports, Regional Authority of Olomouc Region
  • Implementation of the Training Project "Managers’ Capacity Building” – Capacity Building Scheme in the Field of EU Structural Funds Application Designed for Representatives of the Towns and Villages in the Jihomoravsky Region
    Termination date:September 2003 – November 2003
    Client:Jihomoravsky Region, Žerotínovo nám. 3/5, 601 82 Brno
    Contact:Ing. Iveta Kopcová, Department of Regional Development
  • Implementation of the Fundamental Training Course on European Union for the Jihomoravsky Region (in compliance with the “Integral Methodic on Education of Public Servants Working on EU Affaires”
    Termination date:September 2003 – November 2003
    Client:Jihomoravsky Region, Žerotínovo nám. 3/5, 601 82 Brno
    Contact:Ing. Iveta Kopcová, Department of Regional Development
  • Project Phare 9807-02-02: Establishing of the National Network of Training Institutions Concentrated on Drawing, Framing and Providing Trainings for Public Administration in the Field of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds and Pre-accession Financial Instruments in Czech Republic (implemented in co-operation with Europrofis s.r.o., Prague)
    Termination date:June 2000 – June 2001
    Client:NVF, Ministry of Regional Development ,Czech Republic
    Contact:Dr. Miroslava Kopicová, NVF General Manager
  • Cohesion Policy in the European Union

    foto: Cohesion_policy_in_the_EU_front_page_2014_sm.bmpBaun, Michael – Marek, Dan. Cohesion Policy in the European Union. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke and New York, 2014, ISBN 978-0-230-30314-0, pp. 257.

    At a time when more EU projects connected with cohesion policy are underway than ever before, and much of Europe is still responding to the effects of the global and eurozone crises, it is important to assess how the policy is benefiting eligible member states, and how it is perceived by European citizens. Taking account of recent developments as well as the changing priorities of the Commission and national governments across time, this comprehensive text is both up-to-date and historically grounded. It considers all aspects of the policy such as the criteria for eligibility; how it is funded; its role in strategies for development, growth and competitiveness; and how it is planned, implemented and evaluated. Furthermore, it examines how contemporary political and economic factors, such as the continuing influence of Germany in Europe and the growing north-side divide, will shape the future of cohesion policy.

  • The New Member States and the European Union: Foreign Policy and Europeanization

    foto: Book_cover2.jpgBaun, Michael – Marek, Dan. The New Member States and the European Union: Foreign Policy and Europeanization. Routledge: London and New York, 2013, ISBN 978-0-415-67927-5, pp. 229.

    This book examines the impact of EU membership on the foreign policies of the 12 new member states that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007. Among scholars of European politics there is a general consensus that membership in the European Union changes the countries that join. Yet considerable debate remains over what exactly changes, to what extent, how or why these changes happen, and why some countries, policies, and institutions change more than others. Expert contributors examine the impact of EU integration and membership, with chapters on the 12 new EU entrants since 2004: Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Malta, Bulgaria, and Romania. Utilizing a common analytical framework, each of the country case studies examines the impact of EU membership on the foreign policies of the new member states in three key areas: foreign policy making institutions and procedures, interests and preferences, and strategies and actions.

  • The Czech Republic and the European Union

    foto: CR_EU_obal2.jpgMarek, Dan - Baun, Michael: The Czech Republic and the European Union. London and New York: Routledge, 2010, ISBN 978–0–415–46097–2.

    This book examines the relationship between the Czech Republic and the European Union (EU). The authors examine the Czech Republic’s road to EU membership in 2004 and assess how EU accession has affected or changed the Czech Republic, including its domestic politics, governing institutions and public policies. It also examines how the Czech Republic has behaved as an EU member state. Although a case study of a single member state, this book sheds light on a number of broader points or issues pertaining to the EU and its member states. It contributes to academic debate and knowledge about the EU and European integration, including the debates on Europeanization and the role of small states in the EU.

  • The Czech Republic and the European Union

    foto: CR_EU_Barrister_obal3.gifMarek, Dan - Baun, Michael: Česká republika a Evropská unie. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2010, ISBN 978-80-87029-89-3.

    This book examines the relationship between the Czech Republic and the European Union (EU). The authors examine the Czech Republic’s road to EU membership in 2004 and assess how EU accession has affected or changed the Czech Republic, including its domestic politics, governing institutions and public policies. It also
    examines how the Czech Republic has behaved as an EU member state. Although a case study of a single member state, this book sheds light on a number of broader points or issues pertaining to the EU and its member states. It contributes to academic debate and knowledge about the EU and European integration, including the debates on Europeanization and the role of small states in the EU.

  • EU Cohesion Policy After Enlargement

    foto: EU_Cohesion_Policy_after_Enlargement_v._1.jpgBaun, Michael - Marek, Dan: EU Cohesion Policy After Enlargement. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, ISBN 0230524729, pp. 295.

    EU Cohesion Policy after Enlargement presents the first major comparative study of EU Cohesion policy after the May 2004 enlargement and the 2006 Cohesion policy reform. Enlargement and the 2006 reform represent the biggest challenge to EU Cohesion policy since 1988 and raise important questions about how cohesion policy is being implemented in the 2007-13 programming period. Using a balanced selection of case studies from both old and new member states (Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and Greece; Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania and Romania), this book examines the implementation of Cohesion policy in an enlarged and increasingly differentiated EU. Among the key issues it addresses are how old member states are adjusting to reduced levels of funding and the new Lisbon Agenda-orientation of Cohesion policy, and how new member states that joined in 2004 and 2007 are performing in implementing Cohesion policy.

  • Preparation and Management of European Union’s Structural Funds Projects

    foto: Priprava_a_rizeni_projektu_Barrister_obal_2009.jpgMarek, Dan – Kantor, Tomáš: Preparation and Management of European Union’s Structural Funds Projects. Brno: Barrister & Principal 2009, 2nd updated edition, ISBN 978-80-87029-56-5, pp. 215.

    This book presents a comprehensive introduction to the preparation and management of European Union’s Structural Funds projects. It is structured in a way to serve as a practical "cook-book" for potential applicants for Structural Funds support as well as a textbook for upper secondary school and bachelor level university students. It makes the reader acquaint both with the theoretical framework of Union's regional policy and its application in the Czech Republic, and with issues related to the the preparation and management of EU’s Structural Funds projects. The project preparation instruments, techniques and procedures are practically explained and illustrated on several case studies of successful investment and non-investment projects that were supported from the Structural Funds.

  • Czech Foreign Policy and EU Integration: European and Domestic Sources

    foto: RPEP.jpgBaun, Michael - Marek, Dan: Czech Foreign Policy and EU Integration: European and Domestic Sources. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2010, ISSN 1570-5854.

    This paper examines the impact of EU integration on the foreign policy of the Czech Republic. It surveys Czech foreign policy since 1989,focusing on five distinct periods of the Czech Republic’s relationship with the EU. The paper concludes that EU integration has had only a limited impact on Czech foreign policy in comparison to domestic political factors. EU membership also does not appear to have altered basic perceptions of Czech foreign policy interests, which remain largely determined by (pre-1989) historical experience and perceptions of
    geopolitical vulnerability. However, the Czech Republic has also sought to use the EU to achieve its key foreign policy goals, especially during its EU presidency in the first half of 2009, and EU membership has influenced the development of Czech policy towards Eastern Europe. In these regards, at least, Czech foreign policy can be said to have been ‘EU-ised’.

    download: Czech_Foreign_Policy_and_EU_Integration_PEPS_April_2010.pdf

  • From Moscow to Brussels: Relations Between the Czech Republic and the European Union, 1957–2004

    foto: Od_Moskvy_k_Bruselu_v._3.GIFMarek, Dan: From Moscow to Brussels: Relations Between the Czech Republic and the European Union, 1957–2004. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2006, ISBN: 80-87029-02-X, pp. 235.

    This book analyses relations between the former Czechoslovakia (and, following the break-up of the country, the Czech Republic) and the European Community (European Union) , first against the background of the bipolar rivalry between the socialist and capitalist blocs, and later in the context of the geopolitical changes in the late 1980s and the process of political and economic transformation that fundamentally affected the dynamics of the relations between the CSFR/Czech Republic and the EC/EU. It tries above all to analyse the political and economic aspects of those mutual relations, complete with relevant context, in each phase of their development. The objective is to shed some light on the reasons that led the Czech Republic to gradually converge, and subsequently try to adapt, to the EU in the context of the eastern enlargement.

  • Governing Europe's Neighbourhood

    foto: Governing_Europes_neighbourhood_2007.gifMichael Smith, Katja Weber, Michael Baun: Governing Europe's Neighbourhood. Manchester University Press 2007, ISBN 9780719076015.

    This volume examines the role of the European Union in creating a system of governance involving the countries and regions of its new ‘neighbourhood’. Enlargement has functioned as one of the EU’s most effective foreign policy tools, yet the EU is rapidly approaching the limits of its capacity to accept new member states. It therefore must develop ways of extending and preserving the European zone of peace and stability that do not rely on the prospect of membership as a means of influencing the behaviour of non-member countries. A major step in this direction is the EU’s new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The ENP aims to create a ring of ‘well-governed and friendly’ countries along the EU’s eastern, southeastern, and southern peripheries.

  • A Wider Europe: The Process and Politics of European Union Enlargement

    foto: Wider_Europe_v._3.jpgBaun, Michael: A Wider Europe: The Process and Politics of European Union Enlargement. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000, ISBN: 978-0-8476-9036-7, pp. 280.

    This clear and engaging text examines the process and politics of the European Union's Eastern enlargement, beginning with its initial response to the 1989 revolution up through the Helsinki summit decisions of December 1999. Michael Baun explores such topics as the EU's original decision to enlarge, the pre-accession strategy for prospective members, the key political decisions on launching and expanding the accession negotiations, and the actual progress of the negotiations. He also examines the EU's efforts to reform its policies and institutions in advance of enlargement. He concludes by considering the limits of enlargement and its consequences for the EU's future development.


  • An Imperfect Union: The Maastricht Treaty And The New Politics Of European Integration

    foto: Imperfect_Union_v._4.jpgBaun, Michael: An Imperfect Union: The Maastricht Treaty And The New Politics Of European Integration. Westview Press 1996, ISBN: 9780813327112, pp. 182.

    Exploring the politics of European integration, Michael Baun argues that the end of the Cold War and German unification have created a new set of geopolitical realities in Europe that have profoundly affected the nature and dynamics of European union. His primary focus is the “high politics” of European integration after 1989, especially the role of the Franco-German relationship in the Maastricht Treaty process. Acknowledging the important roots of the treaty in economic and institutional developments prior to 1989, Baun argues that Maastricht principally can be understood as a response by the EU and its member states to German unification and the end of the cold war. The book concludes with an analysis of the future prospects for European union in the post-Maastricht era, as the EU approaches its next major intergovernmental conference in 1996.

  • EU Cohesion Policy and Sub-National Authorities in the New Member States

    foto: CES.jpgBaun, Michael - Marek, Dan: EU Cohesion Policy and Sub-National Authorities in the New Member States. Contemporary European Studies, Vol.3, No.2, 2008, ISSN 1802-4289.

    This article examines the impact of EU cohesion policy on sub-national authorities in the new member states, focusing on the implementation of cohesion policy in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Lithuania in the 2004–06 and 2007–13 programming periods. While in the initial programming period after accession cohesion policy was implemented in a highly centralized manner, in 2007–13 cohesion policy implementation has been decentralized in the new member states and sub-national actors are playing a greater role. The role of sub-national authorities varies across countries, however, with democratically-elected regional governments in Poland and the Czech Republic asserting the greatest influence over cohesion policy. The constitutional position of sub-national authorities is the main factor explaining this variation, and the key determinant of whether sub-national authorities are able to successfully exploit the opportunities for access to new resources and influence presented by cohesion policy.


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  • Regional Policy and Decentralization in the Czech Republic

    foto: RFS_cover_1.gifBaun, Michael - Marek, Dan: Regional Policy and Decentralization in the Czech Republic. Regional and Federal Studies, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2006, ISSN: 1359-7566, pp. 1-20.

    EU accession has had an ambiguous impact on regionalization in the Czech Republic. While EU membership necessitated the creation of regional administrative structures to manage the Structural Funds, the role of new regional authorities was often undermined by the centralized nature of the accession process itself. Developments since accession have created a new dynamic in the debate over regional policy and regionalization in the Czech Republic, however. Most significant are the increased political importance of the new regions and changes in partisan attitudes about regionalization. Thus, despite its limited initial impact, EU accession has created the structural potential for increased regionalization in the Czech Republic and altered preferences of key political actors in the country.

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  • Evaluating the Effects of the EU Common Agriculture Policy in a New Member State: the Case of the Czech Republic

    foto: CJEA.jpgBaun, Michael - Kouba, Karel - Marek, Dan: Evaluating the Effects of the EU Common Agriculture Policy in a New Member State: the Case of the Czech Republic. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol.17, No.2, 2009, ISSN 1478-2804.

    This article examines the impact of the CAP on the Czech Republic. Specifically, it focuses on implementation of the CAP and its economic, social and political effects, as well as the domestic debate about CAP reform. It argues that CAP implementation has gone fairly smoothly and
    the economic and social effects of the CAP have been generally positive or at least neutral. It also argues that while the CAP has had only a minimal impact on domestic politics, the domestic politics of agriculture could inhibit a strong Czech position in favour of CAP reform, even though the Czech Republic would generally benefit from further liberalization of the CAP.



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  • Redressing the Regional Deficit? Regionalisation in the Czech Republic with respect to EU Accession

    foto: MV_cover.gifBaun, Michael - Marek, Dan: Směrem ke snižování regionálního deficitu? Regionalizace v ČR v souvislosti se vstupem do EU. Mezinárodní vztahy, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2006, ISSN: 0323-1844, s. 44-57.

    EU accession had an ambiguous impact on regionalisation in the Czech Republic and other new member states. While EU membership necessitated the creation of new regional governments where they did not previously exist, the role of new regional authorities was often undermined by the centralised nature of the accession process itself. Developments since accession have created a new dynamic in the debate over regional policy and regionalisation in the Czech Republic, however. This article argues that despite its limited initial impact, EU accession has created the potential for increased regionalisation in the Czech Republic which has been actualised by the changing constellation of political forces and altered preferences of key political actors in the country.

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  • Decentralization in the Czech Republic: The European Union, Political Parties,and the Creation of Regional Assemblies

    foto: Publius_cover_1.gifBaun, M. - Lach, J. - LaPlant, J. - Marek, D.: Publius: Decentralization in the Czech Republic:
    The European Union, Political Parties,and the Creation of Regional Assemblies. The Journal of Federalism 34:1 (Winter 2004), pp. 35-51.

    This study begins with an exploration of the external (European Union) and internal (Czech political parties) forces that shaped the creation of regional assemblies in the Czech Republic. Domestic struggles over decentralization, particularly among Czech political parties, are reflected in the number and boundaries of the regions as well as in the slow transfer of policy competences from the national government to regional governments. This study also examines the November 2000
    regional elections and places the results in the context of the 2002 parliamentary elections.

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  • Europeization of Czech Politics: the Political Parties and the EU Referendum

    foto: JCMS_cover_1.gifBaun, Michael - Dürr, Jakub - Marek, Dan - Šaradín, Pavel: Europeization of Czech Politics: the Political Parties and the EU Referendum. Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2006, ISSN 0021-9886, pp. 249 – 280.

    The aim of this article is to analyse the attitudes of the main political parties in the Czech Republic towards the European Union. A special emphasis is put on the presentation of these attitudes in the pre-referendum period and on the levels of support for membership achieved among the parties‘ supporters. This topic is analysed through the theoretical lens of “Europeanization,” an approach which examines the impact on domestic (national) policies and political systems of EU policies and processes.


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  • Germany and Central Europe: Hegemony Re-examined

    foto: Gerrman_Politics_cover.jpgBaun, Michael: Germany and Central Europe: Hegemony Re-examined, German Politics, Vol.14, No.3, September 2005, pp.371–389.

    This paper re-examines post-cold war predictions of German hegemony in Central Europe. Focusing on the four ‘Visegrad’ states, it examines each of the three pillars of prospective German hegemony. It concludes that only in the economic pillar can Germany be perceived as dominant. German dominance in the political realm is limited by historical factors and by the supranational structures of the EU. German cultural influence or ‘soft power’ is undermined by domestic economic and political problems, as well as the availability of alternative models. Thus, while Germany is clearly a powerful country, it is difficult to argue that it exercises even a limited ‘soft hegemony’ in Central Europe today.


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  • The EU as a Regional Actor: The Case of the Czech Republic

    foto: JCMS_cover_1.gifMarek, Dan – Baun, Michael: The EU as a Regional Actor: The Case of the Czech Republic. Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 40, No. 5, 2002.

    This article examines the impact of EU enlargement on regionalization in the Czech
    Republic. It asks whether pre-accession preparations for EU regional policy have
    promoted regionalization and governmental decentralization in the Czech Republic. It concludes that the EU’s impact on regionalization in the Czech Republic has been both limited and highly ambivalent.




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  • The Candidate States and the IGC

    foto: JIRD_cover_1.gifBaun, Michael - Marek, Dan: The Candidate States and the IGC. Journal of International Relations and Development, Vol.4, No.1, 2001.

    This paper examines the 2000 IGC from the perspective of the candidate states.Specifically, it examines the following key questions: how do the candidatestates view the issue of institutional reform and its relationship to enlargement? What were the views of the candidate-states on the main issues discussed at the IGC, and were these views uniform or did they reveal differences on the basis of factors such as size and potential dates
    of accession? Finally, how will the candidate-states be affected by the agreements reached at Nice, including decisions on the “post-Nice agenda” for institutional reform?



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