“Cohesion Matters - An information and engagement campaign on the future of cohesion policy”: the new project ANSA begins, in cooperation with Sant'Anna School From the green deal to innovation: a focus on the opportunities for Italian regions

Strengthening the awareness of European citizens about the EU cohesion policy, its impact and the funding opportunities for Italy is the main objective of the new project “Cohesion Matters An information and engagement campaign on the future of cohesion policy”, funded by the European Commission, DG Regio, developed by ANSA, Italy’s largest publisher and disseminator of EU news, in cooperation with the Sant’Anna School and its Dirpolis (Law, politics, Development) Institute.

The project also aims at increasing media coverage on cohesion policy, focusing on the funding opportunities for the Italian regions, and to enhance the awareness and knowledge about the functioning and the opportunities linked to cohesion funds and the new financial resources available to facilitate economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Building on its consolidated expertise on EU policies, the research team of the Sant’Anna School will produce in-depth analyses on cohesion funds and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), with a focus on three policy areas: the green deal and environmental challengesdigital innovation and the economic and social recovery.

A particular attention will be devoted to the youngest generations, to bring them closer to the priority issues of the European Union, which will be crucial for their future. In order to spread the project results, ANSA will start communication campaigns also on social media, targeting the youngest demographic cohorts and specific stakeholders, thus supporting a far-reaching dissemination of information to the general public using ANSA’s existing broad network.

The project will be partly developed through a new type of teaching activity, included in the course catalogue of the Social Sciences department of the Scuola Sant’Anna, through which its students will actively participate to the research projects led by professors and researchers.

Students will be the key players in this project, analysing EU policies and co-writing the final reports; in addition, we will also analyse together the NRRP”, says Edoardo Bressanelli, assistant professor of Political Science at the Dirpolis Institute of the Scuola Sant’Anna.

“This project represents a further step in the collaboration between the Sant’Anna School and the leading press agency in Italy, with the objective of strengthening the link between scientific research, the dissemination of information and public opinion on the fundamental issue of EU funds for recovery and resilience post-Covid 19” comments David Natali, full professor of political science and deputy director of the Dirpolis Institute.

ANSA and the Sant'Anna School have already been partners in a project which analysed the use and impact of the EU funds allocated to Italy in the context of cohesion policy, highlighting the best practices of Italian regions and describing, also through infographics and other multimedia tools, the results in the budgetary period 2014-2020.