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Common Provisions Regulation: New rules for cohesion policy for 2021-2027 [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Vasileios Margaras (3rd edition, updated on 22.03.2019),

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For the next EU budget, covering the 2021-2027 period, the European Commission proposed to update EU cohesion policy with a new set of rules, on 29 May 2018. The proposal for a Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) sets out common provisions for seven shared management funds: the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the Asylum and Migration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument. Additional specific regulations add certain provisions needed to cater for the particularities of individual funds, in order to take into account their different rationales, target groups and implementation methods.

The CPR proposal is of utmost importance as it will set the main rules that govern the above-mentioned funds for the forthcoming period. While the proposal builds upon the previous sets of rules covering the 2014-2020 period, it nevertheless introduces a number of innovations, and aims, amongst other things, at providing simplification and better synergies between the different EU policy tools.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum and Migration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument
Committee responsible: Regional Development (REGI) COM(2018) 375
Co-rapporteurs: Andrey Novakov (EPP, Bulgaria)
Constanze Krehl (S&D, Germany)
2018/0196 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Ruža Tomašić (ECR, Croatia)
Iskra Mihaylova (ALDE, Bulgaria)
Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL, France)
Monica Vana (Greens/EFA, Austria)
Rosa d’Amato (EFDD, Italy)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

timeline-10 steps-voted in plenary


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