18 May 2017: First meeting of the "Alliance on the Future of Cohesion Policy in the EU" :


The CoR in association with the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), and EUROCITIES, organized this first meeting of the "Alliance on the Future of Cohesion Policy in the EU". 

Economic, social and territorial cohesion are key objectives of the European Union giving every EU region a fair chance to actively participate in the European Union. In recent decades Cohesion Policy has played an important role in accompanying the completion of the Single Market, the establishment of the European Monetary Union, and in supporting EU enlargement. The European Structural and Investment Funds are the most visible EU instruments at local and regional level, demonstrating the benefits of the European Union to its citizens. Therefore, the future of Cohesion Policy is closely linked to the debate on the future of the European Union, particularly since the European Commission itself has recently expressed doubts about the added value and the future role of cohesion policy at EU level.

Further to the adoption of the European Committee of the Regions' own-initiative opinion on the "Future of Cohesion Policy beyond 2020" (rapporteur: Michael Schneider (DE/EPP)) at the CoR Plenary Session of 11-12 May 2017, the event brought together leading representatives from the European institutions, Member States, cities and regions as well as territorial associations under the motto "Alliance for the future of cohesion policy". The event served to send a strong message to the upcoming Cohesion Forum (26-27 June) calling for securing a strong and effective Cohesion policy for all regions beyond 2020. It also promoted a real debate with stakeholders, including those who may not be designated as "friends of cohesion policy"; and fed territorial concerns into the debate on the future of Europe, including the need for a territorial vision, by responding to criticism and detrimental proposals, such as "scenario 4" outlined in the recent White Paper on the Future of Europe. Several members of the AEBR attended the meeting, and Pavel Branda intervened as Vice-President of the Association.

More information: http://cor.europa.eu/en/news/Pages/EU-Regions-and-cities-start-building-an-Alliance-for-the-Future-of-Cohesion-Policy.aspx.

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