10 Dec 2020 - 31 Jul 2021

Restoring "lost connections" between the EU and the UK as a consequence of Brexit through local and regional authorities

The study aims to provide scientific support to the UK Contact Group in exploring possible avenues and methods of future cooperation between LRAs in the UK and the EU following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. It will look at the "lost connections" between the EU and UK as a result of the UK's withdrawal from the EU, and then consider in what areas, and with what tools, local and regional authorities could work to re-build links between the EU and the UK at their levels.

The study will be based on desk research and review of available literature and resources, including legal texts and scientific literature, but excluding CoR opinions and resolutions. CASE experts will apply specific methodology of research:

- desk-based bibliographical research and analytical work

        Specific research questions to consider are:

  • What are the policy areas of EU-UK interaction and cooperation that will be most negatively affected by Brexit?
  • What are the lost connections between the EU and that UK that will most affect local and regional authorities?
  • In which concrete areas, and with which tools and methods, can EU and UK local and regional authorities work to re-build links and cooperation?
  • To what extent are national policies conducive to enabling local and regional authorities to re-build such links?

- literature and press review,

- telephone interviews.


Client: The Committee of Regions