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DG REGIO - Priorities and objectives for 2013

According to the DG REGIO Management Plan its priorities for 2013 are:

  • Greater integration of Cohesion Policy within EU governance mechanisms and reinforced results orientation;
  • Preparing for the 2014-2020 period;
  • Implementation of regional investment programmes;
  • Coordinating specific EU territorial policies;
  • Improve efficiency and quality of key internal processes.

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4 points for better spending & effectiveness for Cohesion Policy to deliver growth & jobs

At the Informal Council in Nicosia, on 6 November, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn presented 4 points for better spending and effectiveness for Cohesion Policy to deliver growth and jobs: •Endorse the ‘better spending agenda’: (i.e.. clear, measurable and transparent objectives, focused investments, ex-ante conditionalities); •Cohesion Policy investments must be closely linked to the European semester; •A credible budget.The Commission opposes budget cuts; •Increased coordination and political accountability on every level;

ECA: Member States and Commission must manage spending better

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) published its oversight report on the implementation of the EU 2011 budget. The Court has signed off the 2011 accounts as complete and accurate, but finds too many errors in the underlying payments.The ECA estimates a rate of error of 3,9% for the EU budget as a whole. The rate of error was particularly high in 2 areas: Rural development (7,7%) and Regional policy(6%). Errors are caused by non-compliance of beneficiaries with EU- and national rules governing spending. Only a small part of errors represent fraud.

OPEN DAYS 2012: Securing EU Regional Policy as Europe's Growth Fund

The biggest annual event in the world of regional and urban policy marks its 10th anniversary at a critical time. Talks on the EU budget are entering their final, crucial phase and major reforms of how the structural funds operate are on the table. More than 6,000 regional representatives from around Europe will join the call for a strong Regional Policy with a budget to match.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn visits Danube region from 27 June to 1 July to take stock of progress

One year after the launch of the Danube Strategy, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn is making a tour of the region to meet those who are putting the plan into action. He will discuss how to accelerate implementation of the Strategy which can be an important instrument in creating jobs and growth. The trip is also an opportunity for him to see at first-hand the progress being made through macro-regional cooperation, and to raise awareness, at political and public level, of the added value of the strategy.


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