Committee of the Regions

CoR President writes to EU Heads of State and Government urging to support a larger cohesion budget

The President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), Ramón Luis Valcárcel, sent a letter to the Heads of State and Government urging them to support a bigger EU budget, warning that "new cuts in the cohesion policy heading could harm growth prospects and damage economic recovery''.

CoR: Delivering Europe 2020 requires more involvement of local and regional authorities and more financial investment

The 3rd Committee of the Regions (CoR) Monitoring Report on Europe 2020 shows that widespread awareness and support for Europe 2020 are not enough to meet the ambitious targets of Europe's growth strategy. There is an urgent need to commit more financial resources and to better engage local and regional authorities in the process. The CoR report shows that: ' despite growing levels of consultation with bodies representing local and regional authorities (LRAs), the shaping of Europe 2020 National Reform Programmes are still being decided by national governments. Europe 2020, the report stresses, is therefore failing to benefit from the potential that a coordinated approach between the different levels of governance could bring in delivering its objectives'.
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