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    The new free massive open online course (MOOC) of the European Committee of the Regions, in collaboration with other EU bodies and institutions as the European Investment Bank, will focus 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 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. Moreover, course followers will be able to interact via their learning journals in the course platform.

    The course is co-created with several Directorates-General of the European​ Commission as well as the European Investment Bank, Interreg Europe, Eurostat and URBACT. The course is free of charge, accessible on all devices and available in English, French and German.

    • Who is this course for?

    This course is for everybody interested in the EU and its regional and local affairs, particularly for officials of regional and local administrations involved in EU affairs. It also targets students, teachers, local journalists and citizens in general.

    • How does it work?

    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. Studying time will be about 1.5 hours per week. The course material will remain online for one year, so that after the first six weeks learners can work through the course material in their own pace. 

    • What do I need to know?

    Recommended background: basic knowledge of the European Union.

    • What will I learn?

    In this course you will learn about how the EU institutions function and work together, how the EU budget is prepared and how this impacts policies and activities at the regional and local level. Present and upcoming EU programmes and policies will be presented, as well as statistics, practical examples and success stories of concrete EU-funded projects across the continent.

    Around 15 000 participants worldwide followed the two previous MOOCs developed by the Committee of the Regions, on "Europe's regions, the EU institutions and policy-making" (2015) and "The EU budget and funding for regions and cities" (2016).

    Register here:​​

    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 2018)
    • Chapter 3: Equality of opportunities, wherever we live – because the EU invests in my region (29 January-2 February 2018)
    • Chapter 4: The social dimension of the EU funding (5-9 February 2018)
    • Chapter 5: Stimulating the local and regional economy: financing and advice for investment in regions and cities (12-16 February 2018)
    • Chapter 6: The future of Europe: options and debates (19-23 February 2018)