Between January and June 2011 the team prepared ten case study reports in close cooperation with a set of EU regions seeking to better integrate public health into their regional development and Cohesion Policy funding programmes. To prepare the reports, the team analysed the 2007-2013 Operational Programmes for the regions, as well as public health policies and the institutional arrangements in the region. The team also carried out several interviews with officials and stakeholders involved in the Structural Funds process. The case studies gave the team important information about the linkages between health and Structural Funds in practice, which served as a basis for developing the Guide. The case studies are also used to illustrate the Guide, particularly in the sections called “Approaches to Consider” which provide examples of how current programmes consider public health.

The ten case study regions are called “Pioneer Regions” because they were willing to provide their experience upfront as input for the Guide and also because they tested and gave feedback on the first version of the Guide. In addition to their interest and motivation, the Pioneer Regions were selected to appropriately represent the EU’s diversity in terms of geography, institutional settings and managerial culture in the public administration.

Overview of the lessons learned from the ten case studies. To read the case studies, click on the name of a region in the table below.

Case Study Brief
Andalucía, Spain

The role of participation and intersectoral cooperation in mainstreaming public health into non-health Structural Funds programming.

Algarve, Portugal

How regional planners are facing up to the challenges of creating a healthy living and working environment.

Crete, Greece

Role of a stable and coherent institutional framework for integrating health-related considerations into regional planning.

West Wales and the Valleys, UK

Cross-cutting themes of environment and equality, innovative use of ESF funds to target work-limiting health conditions and integrate public health concerns into project content and delivery arrangements.

Border, Midland and Western, Ireland

This role of the local level in striving for an integrated approach to regional planning that embeds health-related considerations.

Regional Development Programmes in Bulgaria

Use of Structural Fund interventions to improve the living conditions and promote the social integration of vulnerable groups, such as the Roma population.

North Great Plain, Hungary

Learning from Hungary’s poorest region, the experience of cross-cutting approaches and the more mainstream use of Structural Funds.

Pomurje, Slovenia

Exploring the relationship between centralised management of Structural Fund programmes and the contribution of these programmes to regional goals including health gains.

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

How is public health viewed? How can a public health perspective be used to help achieve regional priorities?

South Netherlands

Projects that focus on the health sector as an economic driver.