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Personal Statement

Claudia Gloazzo is a PhD Student at EPRC. She holds a MA in International Relations and European Studies, with a focus on EU Structural Funds and cross-border cooperation. After her master she spent an internship period at Regione Toscana, where she carried out an evaluation of grants to SMEs. She also worked at another regional authority and in a consultancy on Structural Funds related issues. Her core area of expertise are Financial instruments in EU Cohesion policy. In her PhD thesis she explores the relationship between delegated governance in Cohesion policy and public accountability. The research draws on comparative evidence (from Germany, Italy and the UK) to investigate the variation in the institutional design and performance frameworks for financial instruments implementation, combining data from documents, an online survey and qualitative interviews. As a research assistant for EPRC she contributed as co-author and country expert to commissioned reports for regional/local authorities, the European Commission and the Parliament.

Claudia Gloazzo is the 2015 European Court of Auditors grant recipient for research on EU public finance (the implications for EU financial accountability of the use of financial instruments in Cohesion policy).

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Social Science, University of Florence Universita degli di Firenze


  • Financial instruments
  • Cohesion policy
  • EU Structural and Investment Funds
  • European territorial cooperation
  • Public accountability
  • Financial accountability

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Research Output

  • 4 Commissioned report

Financial Instruments under Cohesion Policy 2007-13: How have Member States and Selected Financial Institutions Respected and Preserved EU Financial Interests?

Wishlade, F., Michie, R., Vernon, P., Kah, S., Gloazzo, C., Zuleeg, F., Dheret, C. & Tasheva, I., 4 Feb 2016, Brussels. 142 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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  • Thesis

    Financial instruments and the governance of EU Cohesion policy : roles, responsibilities and accountability

    Author: Gloazzo, C., 26 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: Bachtler, J. (Supervisor) & Wishlade, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis