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Future Cohesion Policy

Seventh report on economic, social and territorial cohesion shows regions' and cities' contribution to Europe 2020

The seventh progress report on economic, social and territorial cohesion, highlighting the urban and regional dimension of the Europe 2020 strategy has just been published. Hot on the heels of the Commission's legislative proposals for cohesion policy post-2013, the report assesses how, in the context  of cohesion policy, regions and cities can contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and Europe 2020  headline targets. It also measures the distance of regions from national 2020 targets proposed in the Member States.

EU Commission to manage €50 billion for cross-border transport, energy and digital infrastructure

The European Commission tabled plans for a new fund worth €50 billion that will finance investments in key transport and energy infrastructure, as well as digital networks. The Connecting Europe Facility will be managed directly by the European Commission, and 'will finance projects which fill the missing link in Europe's energy, transport and digital backbone'. To support this argument, EU Commission President Barroso mentioned that politically it is always tempting to build a second national highway, than to invest in cross-border infrastructure.

Commission proposes major changes to Cohesion Policy

The European Commission (EC) today presented the legislative package for cohesion policy 2014-2020. The proposal introduces several major changes to how cohesion policy works: a new categorization of regions, clear commitments on behalf of member states (MS) and penalties for those that fail to meet them. Specifically, payments may be suspended if MS fail to meet the commitments expressed in the so-called Partnership Contracts or when certain fiscal and economic conditions are not fulfilled.

Visions and Options for Cohesion Policy post-2013

The Future of Cohesion Policy After 2013

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