Future Cohesion Policy

Funding priorities for Spain 2014-2020

The Position Paper of the Commission Services on the development of the Partnership Agreement and programmes in Spain for the period 2014-2020 sets out the key country specific challenges and proposes four complementary and mutually reinforcing funding priorities. The latter represent the priorities that the European Commission would like to co-finance in Spain in the next programming period. The document serves as framework for negotiation between Brussels and the Spanish authorities.

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;

Cypriot Presidency: Member States discussed the effectiveness and governance of the future Cohesion Policy

At the latest Informal Ministerial Meeting in Nicosia, Cohesion Policy Ministers discussed the improvement of effectiveness and added value of the policy, as well as ways of improving its governance. Member States expressed their positions on the basis of a Presidency paper entitled ‘Improving the Effectiveness and Added Value of Cohesion Policy’. The paper is aimed at initiating discussions and assisting Member States in reaching common ground on how to make better use of the new elements of EU Cohesion Policy.

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.

Friends of Cohesion - Joint Declaration on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020

The Prime Ministers and Representatives of the „Friends of Cohesion“ (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain) met in Bratislava on 5 October 2012 in order to discuss common issues related to the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020.


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