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Council takes further steps towards Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

The member states have agreed on 7 thematic elements of the future Cohesion Policy: 1)technical assistance, information and communication 2) territorial cooperation 3) territorial development 4)Country-specific recommendations 5)management and control 6) indicators 7) financial issues not covered in the negotiations of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). At this point mose elements of the future Cohesion Policy have been covered by the Council; however, a final decision will only be taken once the debates on the 2014-2020 budget have been concluded.

Unspent Cohesion Funds to finance the Growth Pact‏

EU Heads of State adopted the 'Compact for Growth and Job' worth €120 billion. Its measures foresee increasing the European Investment Bank's (EIB) lending capacity, redirecting unspent (decommited) EU Structural and Cohesion Funds and launching project bonds to support major investments in transport, broadband and energy infrastructure. Member States will have the possibility to consider reallocations within their national envelopes, under existing rules and in cooperation with the Commission.

EU leaders meet to discuss Europe's Growth – putting Cohesion Policy centre stage

On 28th and 29th June, EU leaders will come together at the European Council in Brussels to agree on a comprehensive package of measures to boost growth and jobs in the European Union. The EU's budget for the next 7 years (Multiannual Financial Framework) and European economic governance will also be on the table for discussion.

Council agrees on further elements of new EU cohesion policy

The Council took a further step towards the adoption of new rules for EU cohesion policy for the 2014-2020 period by agreeing on a second partial general approach. The partial general approach agreed today complements the partial general approach on six rather technical elements agreed on 24 April.

Council takes first hurdle towards new EU Cohesion Policy

The Council took the first step towards the adoption of new rules for EU cohesion policy for the 2014-2020 period by agreeing on a partial general approach (8207/12 REV 2+ 8207/12 ADD 7 REV 1). The purpose of cohesion policy is to reduce disparities between the levels of developmentof the EU's various regions. The Council's partial general approach is aimed at strengthening results orientation and improving the quality of cohesion spending. It also seeks to contribute to the integration of cohesion policy in the economic governance of the EU.


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