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Cohesion Policy is Essential for the Continuous EU Growth

During the Inter-parliamentary committee meeting that was organized by the European Parliament on November 27, 2013 and which touched upon the future of Cohesion Policy, Chair of the Permanent Representatives Committee, Ambassador Raimundas Karoblis pointed out that the main aspect of the reformed Cohesion Policy is its link to the goals of the EU strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: Key elements of reform

Following intense negotiations with the Presidency of the EU Council, the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development  voted the legislative package for Cohesion Policy 2014-2020. Here are the key elements of reform agreed:

  • Focusing investments on key areas for growth and jobs as outlined in the Europe 2020 strategy through a common set of rules which apply to all five European Structural and Investment Funds (European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, Cohesion Fund, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund);
  • The majority of the budget to be concentrated on few priorities closely linked to the EU 2020 growth strategy. In particular:
  • Between 50% and 80% of the ERDF budget concentrated on measures to support innovation and R&D, the digital agenda, the competitiveness of SMEs, and the shift towards a low carbon economy.
  • On low carbon economy a further obligation to allocate at least between 12% and 20% to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Member States and regions to establish clear and measurable targets on the impact of the investments. Progress to be measured and communicated.
  • Measures to cut red tape and simplify the use of EU funds: more common rules among all funds, more targeted but fewer reporting demands, more use of digital technology (“e-cohesion”).

Read the full press release Source: European Commission

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New cohesion policy: MEPs approve €325 billion investment tool for EU regions

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New rules for investing €325 billion in regional development projects across the EU in 2014-2020 were approved by the Regional Development Committee on Wednesday. This funding - roughly a third of the EU budget - will boost local growth and job creation. MEPs ensured that local and regional partners will have a bigger say in decisions, theme-based planning will be more flexible and regional policy will focus more closely on environmental issues.

"After many months of intense negotiations, thanks to my negotiating teams' insistence, we have reached agreement with the Council on more than 90% of the whole legislative package and considerably improved the rules for a more efficient future Cohesion Policy. With the vote, those who implement the programmes and projects in the regions will have more certainty. We will continue to work hard to find a compromise with the Council also on the remaining issues, in order to have a final vote in October so that by 2014 the programmes will be up and running", said Regional Development Committee Chair Danuta Hübner (EPP, PL).The five draft reports in the legislative package voted in committee reflect the outcome of more than 10 months of negotiations with the Council.

Voting of the Cohesion legislative package- European Parliament (REGI)

On 10 July 2013 from 10:30 to 12:30 the REGI Committee will vote the 5 reports of the Cohesion legislative package:

  •  Common provisions Regulation (2011/0276(COD))
  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (2011/0275(COD))
  • Cohesion Fund (2011/0274(COD))
  • 'European territorial cooperation' goal (ETC) (2011/0273(COD))
  • European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC) (2011/0272(COD))

The meeting will be webstreamed.

More information on the draft reports:

Source: European Parliament
- See more at: http://insideurope.eu/node/418#sthash.EjQJ9Uqt.dpuf
On 10 July 2013 the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) of the European Parliament the will vote the 5 reports of the Cohesion legislative package. A vote in the plenary is expected in autumn. The full agenda of the meeting is available here. You can watch the meeting following this link.
 

Source: European Parliament

Study: Economic, social and territorial situation of Berlin

The study provides an overview of German's socio-economic, poitical and administrative framework for Cohesion Policy. 'With a focus on the state of Berlin, it presents the Operational Programmes 2007 - 2013 as well as the main policy objectives. The paper gives also an insight into the German view on the future of Cohesion policy and the preparation of the programming period 2014 - 2020'.

Read the full study Source: European Parliament

 

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