The road ahead: challenges and opportunities for Europe’s regions

With ever more ambitious climate and digital transformation goals, the already vast to-do list for Europe’s regional and local authorities keeps expanding. From biodiversity to clean energy, sustainable industry, and technological innovation, the EU’s regions are embarking on a long road where many of the changes will have to occur simultaneously.

Unless cohesion policy – the bloc’s instrument to bring its regions economically and socially closer together – adapts to the challenges of tomorrow, the EU risks entrenching the divides between its territories.

In this special report, EURACTIV takes a closer look at one of the EU’s biggest and oldest tools for reducing the disparities across communities, charting what may be the game-changers — or naval mines — of the next decade.

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