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New technologies in EU cohesion policy after 2020

A study and a briefing published by the European Parliament’s (EP) Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, based on a proposal submitted by the EP Committee on Regional Development (REGI), provide policy options offering new directions in cohesion policy for the post-2020 period. Continue reading

Setting European Priorities: The cohesion policy perspective

Written by Vasileios Margaras, European Parliament Vice-President Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (EPP, Spain) opened an EPRS roundtable discussion on ‘Setting European Priorities: The cohesion policy perspective’ on 20 June in the EP Library reading room. An audience of representatives from local and regional offices, as well as MEP offices and officials, demonstrated the growing interest in the future … Continue reading

12 Graphs: Four thematic objectives – EU Regional Development Fund

Written by Clare Ferguson, The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the largest of five European Structural and Investment Funds, is intended to support economic, social and territorial cohesion policy. The Fund addresses the imbalances between regions within the EU, through investing in development and structural support for regions which lag behind or need to replace … Continue reading

Financial instruments in cohesion policy

Written by Agnieszka Widuto, The use of financial instruments in cohesion policy is increasing, as they are considered a resource-efficient way of using public funding. They provide support for investment in the form of loans, guarantees, equity and other risk-sharing mechanisms. In the 2014-2020 programming period, financial instruments can be applied in all thematic areas … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: Cohesion Fund

The Cohesion Fund allocation for 2014-2020 is €63 396.06 million, this is 14% of total ESI Funds allocation and almost 7% of the total EU Multiannual Financial Framework. The biggest recipient of the fund in absolute terms is Poland, followed by Romania. Estonia and Slovakia receive the highest support per inhabitant. Continue reading

EU Cohesion: How can EU regions meet the demographic challenges?

A short report from the roundtable discussion on the demographic challenges facing Europe’s regions, held at the European Parliament Library Reading Room on Tuesday 6 September 2016. Continue reading

Sparsely populated and under–populated areas

This briefing seeks to analyse the issues that affect sparsely populated and underpopulated areas and provide a short overview of the EU support available for this category of region. Details will also be provided of the role of the European Parliament and the views of the various stakeholders. Continue reading

Launch of an Urban Agenda for the EU

Written by Christiaan van Lierop, Our towns and cities are home to nearly three quarters of the EU’s population and most EU policies concern them, be it directly or indirectly. Within the EU, a shared vision of urban development has gradually taken shape at inter-governmental level. At the same time there have been increasing calls … Continue reading

Challenges for the post-2020 cohesion policy [Policy Podcast]

Written by Vasileios Margaras, In a 2015 speech, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, re-ignited the debate on the post-2020 cohesion policy reform by suggesting various issues for reflection. Some of these issues are of a technical nature while others are of a more political nature and may lead to intensive debates. In addition, … Continue reading

Cohesion Policy support for migrants and refugees

Written by Sorina Silvia Ionescu, Migration-related issues are primarily within the competence of the Member States but the EU can support Member States, local authorities and civil society organisations in dealing with many of the associated challenges. In the European Commission Communication on a ‘European Agenda for Migration’, Cohesion Policy is highlighted as an important funding source … Continue reading

Cohesion Policy in Croatia

Written by Sorina Silvia Ionescu Croatia became the 28th EU Member State on 1 July 2013. On 26 August 2013, the European Commission approved the investment plan proposed by Croatia in the framework of the cohesion policy to deliver growth and jobs. The Croatian authorities have defined investment priorities in different regions for the implementation … Continue reading

Cohesion policy and marginalised communities

Written by Christiaan van Lierop Marginalised communities largely live on the fringes of European society, often with little access to the services that the rest of the population take for granted. The responsibility for marginalised groups lies primarily with the Member States, yet the objective of social cohesion also calls for an EU-level response. While … Continue reading

Cohesion Policy implementation in the EU28

Written by Sorina Ionescu and Christian Dietrich EU Regional Policy is an investment policy. Via various funding programmes, it supports job creation, competitiveness, economic growth, improved quality of life and sustainable development. These investments contribute to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy. Regional policy also aims to reduce the economic, social and territorial disparities between … Continue reading

Partnership Agreements within Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

Written by Sorina Silvia Ionescu Updated on 9th February 2015 Within the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, Partnership Agreement (PA) sets out the selected thematic objectives (and for each a summary of the main results expected from each of the European Structural and Investment Funds ‐ ESI), the indicative allocation of support by the EU (by thematic objective at … Continue reading

The Sixth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

Written by Sorina Silvia Ionescu EU Cohesion Policy investments from 2014-2020 will make more than €38 billion available to support the shift to a more environmentally-friendly economy, through investments for energy efficiency and renewable energy, while up to €33 billion will support Europe’s SMEs to become more competitive. The Report analyses the state of cohesion of the … Continue reading

New territorial instruments on cohesion policy: CLLD and ITI

With the current programming period 2014-2020 of the Cohesion Policy two new instruments have been introduced in order to achieve the territorial cohesion objective: Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) and Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI). They concern all the Funds covered by the Common Strategic Framework (European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, European Agricultural Fund for … Continue reading

Structural and Cohesion Funds in the Member States: an overview

EU regional and cohesion policy is an investment policy. Via various funding programmes, it supports job creation, competitiveness, economic growth, improved quality of life and sustainable development. These investments contribute to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy. Regional policy also aims to reduce the economic, social and territorial disparities between Europe’s regions. The overall … Continue reading

Microfinance in Europe and within Cohesion Policy

The European Union runs microfinance programmes (loans under €25 000) for self-employed people and businesses with fewer than 10 employees. The EU does not directly provide microloans (loans up to €25 000) to individuals or businesses, but provides guarantees, loans and equity to intermediaries who can then lend to small businesses or make available equity … Continue reading

From urban-rural linkages to urban-rural relationships in the EU

Urban and rural areas are increasingly integrated. In OECD countries, 80% of the rural population lives close to cities. Current and common challenges such as climate change, efficient use of natural resources (water, land), equal access to public services or demographic changes just to name a few, can be tackled more easily if cooperation exists … Continue reading

A macro-regional strategy for the Carpathian Region?

Macro-regional strategies: a valuable and cheap tool The European Commission defines a macro-region as “an area including territory from a number of different countries or regions associated with one or more common features or challenges“. Macro-regional strategies may only be developed if the benefit of facing those common problems is significant and visible, through the implementation of … Continue reading

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