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PUBLICATIONS, Structural and Cohesion Policies

European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund 2021-2027 [EU Legislation in Progress] [Policy Podcast]

Written by Agnieszka Widuto (1st edition),

Florence (Firenze) cityscape, Italy.

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In preparation for the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) on 29 May 2018. The new single regulation on the ERDF and CF (previously covered by two separate regulations) identifies the specific objectives and scope of support for both funds, including non-eligible activities. In line with evidence regarding impact, investments will focus on activities with the highest added value, such as support for SMEs, smart specialisation, the low carbon economy, sustainable urban development and regional cooperation. The ERDF will focus mainly on smart growth and the green economy, and the CF on environmental and transport infrastructure. A special approach is adopted for territories such as urban areas and outermost regions. The indicator framework for monitoring progress will include new common results indicators. At the European Parliament, the file has been allocated to the Committee on Regional Development, with Andrea Cozzolino (S&D, Italy) as rapporteur. The rapporteur’s draft report is expected in the autumn.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund
Committee responsible: Regional Development (REGI) COM(2018) 372
Rapporteur: Andrea Cozzolino (S&D, Italy) 2018/0197(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:



Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (EPP, Spain)
Raffaele Fitto (ECR, Italy)
Iskra Mihaylova (ALDE, Bulgaria)
Martina Michels (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Davor Škrlec (Greens/EFA, Croatia)
Rosa D’Amato (EFDD, Italy)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

Stage: Commission proposal


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