Territorial reforms announced by François Hollande should give French regions greater weight in European politics. They are currently struggling to compete with their counterparts in Germany, Italy and Spain. EurActiv France reports .
A Bulgarian broadcaster of pop-folk music and videos with often shocking sexually explicit content was selected for a €1-million grant under the EU’s Competitiveness Operative Programme. An outpouring of criticism through social media compelled the Commission to ask the the Bulgarian authorities to open an investigation.
The European Union risks undermining the credibility of its drive against national budget overshoots if it strips Hungary of structural funds as punishment for running an excessive deficit, a leader of the ruling Fidesz party said.
Germany's Baden-Württemberg state has taken over the presidency of the ‘four motors’ of Europe, a network of advanced regions in France, Germany, Italy and Spain demanding a bigger slice of EU regional funding to support excellence. EurActiv France reports.
EU institutions officially launched negotiations yesterday (12 July) on the amount of regional funding that will come under the bloc's next seven-year budget (2014-2020). Tough debates lie ahead, including whether to subsidise oil and gas distribution networks.
The European Parliament's regional committee is holding a vote today (11 July) on legislation that some MEPs say will bring cohesion funds into “a new era” and jump-start negotiations with member states over the EU's next budget for 2014-2020.
The EU's budget for the 2014-2020 period will have to change the way regional funds work, says Fabian Zuleeg of the European Policy Centre. The money that traditionally goes to poorer countries should be redirected for the time being to where it is really needed - the countries deeply hit by the economic crisis - keeping in mind the single goal of protecting the EU as a whole, he told EurActiv in an interview.
Policymakers in the EU institutions, national governments and regional authorities are fighting for control over Europe's future regional policy spending after the European Commission last week tabled budget plans for the post-2013 seven-year period.
The Polish EU Presidency is taking on the "exciting challenge" of countering a new wave of Euroscepticism and convincing other members of the Union that the European project is a "great thing", the country's prime minister, Donald Tusk, told a select group of Brussels journalists in Warsaw on 1 July.
European Parliament members have endorsed the idea of dividing Europe's regions into three groups, according to their level of wealth, by adding a new category between the poorest and more prosperous regions.
The 'new' member states in Central and Eastern Europe are working together to coordinate their views on the reform of the EU's Cohesion Policy for the next seven-year period (2014-2020). Daniel Braun, a deputy minister in the Czech government, spoke to EurActiv Czech Republic about the fruits of this close collaboration.
What are the most important aspects of EU cohesion policy from the perspective of a 'new' member state in Central Europe? EurActiv Czech Republic interviewed Daniel Braun, a deputy minister in the Ministry for Regional Development, who described the main elements of the Czech government's position.
Many small businesses are innovating but lack the money and information to get their innovations to the market. Yet regional authorities could help to detect these "sleeping innovators," experts told a European Parliament hearing recently.
As the European Commission prepares to publish its ideas for the future of EU regional policy after 2013, the political debate on how much money will be available for the bloc's regional funds is already underway. EurActiv France reports.