Regional Policy

Agrifood 19-10-2017

Farmers call for investment to make rural areas ‘worth living in’

Europe needs to address the rural exodus with policies and investments that make farming an attractive career choice. But political uncertainty over the bloc’s agricultural policy is keeping investors away, experts said at an event organised by EURACTIV in Brussels on Tuesday (17 October).

Economy & Jobs 13-10-2017

Cohesion funds rank high in Poland’s public investments

Cohesion policy makes up 61.17% of all Polish public investment, one of the highest rates in the EU. It is topped only by Portugal, Croatia and Lithuania, according to a European Commission report that highlighted cohesion funds as a major investment driver in many EU regions.

Economy & Jobs 13-10-2017

Trans-Europe Express: What do the regions really want?

A week full of debates and events about European regions and cities is over. Once again –for the 15th subsequent year- more than 6,000 participants around Europe gathered in Brussels to take part in what used to be a loose get-together and is now a well (maybe too well) structured multilevel event with thematic priorities and goals.

Economy & Jobs 13-10-2017

City leader: Europe must simplify rules to help cities become more resilient

Europe is moving in the right direction in helping its cities become more resilient and sustainable, but the EU must streamline its myriad regulations and requirements to move the process along, the leader of an international NGO pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation told EURACTIV.com. Michael Berkowitz, the president of 100 Resilient Cities, also said …

Informal meeting of Western Balkans countries in Albania
Enlargement 12-10-2017

Balkan citizens doubt they will ever join EU

Citizens of the Balkan region are highly sceptical that their countries will be joining the EU anytime soon, despite shows of support for European integration, while a quarter do not believe their country will ever join the EU, the Balkan Barometer 2017 survey has shown.

Economy & Jobs 09-10-2017

The economic crisis has exacerbated the EU’s regional differences

Despite four decades of a cohesion policy designed to shrink economic gaps between EU regions, differences remain stark and may have been exacerbated by the 2008 economic crisis, it was heard as the European Union presented its seventh 'cohesion report' on Monday (8 October).

Future EU 09-10-2017

Can an ‘EU of the regions’ offer an alternative to Catalan secession?

On Monday, local government officials from across the European Union will converge in Brussels for the ‘European Week of Regions and Cities’. As they meet, they will be well aware of the turmoil taking place in one region in particular - Catalonia.

Future EU 06-10-2017

Give the regions more EU power to save the euro and defeat populism

Elections across Europe show Europe's political parties to be increasingly defined by how nationalistic they are. Confronting this and reinstating progressive politics is essential, and can best be done by giving more power to Europe's regions, urges Giles Merritt.

Economy & Jobs 04-10-2017

Bulgaria and Romania seek investors for big infrastructure projects

Bulgaria and Romania are on the lookout for investors in three big regional infrastructure projects, following a joint session of the heads of government on Tuesday (3 October), Bulgarian media reported.

Brexit 31-08-2017

UK regions left ‘hoping’ for funds after Brexit

Britain has guaranteed funding for beneficiaries of EU regional funds until the end of the current EU budget in 2020. But for the leaders of many research, education and employment programmes, life after Brexit is still a source of anxiety.

Broadband 04-08-2017

Rural areas have bad internet access in most member states

Many rural parts of the EU have poor or no broadband internet, even as lawmakers in Brussels discuss new rules to speed up connectivity.

Enlargement 11-07-2017

EU enlargement: A six percent target for the Western Balkans

If the Western Balkans are to overcome almost three decades of economic stagnation and crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. This will need a fundamental rethink of the EU’s enlargement policy, argue Tobias Flessenkemper and Dušan Reljić.

Enlargement 22-06-2017

Mastercard poll: Serbians concerned about underground economy

The shadow economy limits the state's ability to provide public services, according to 2/3rds of Serbians surveyed. 8 out of 10 say it inhibits growth. For a country in which undocumented trade accounts for 30% of its GDP, the concern could not be clearer. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Economy & Jobs 21-06-2017

MEPs: European funds for poorer member states must not diminish

Negotiations are beginning on the future of the European budget, which also includes funds financing cohesion policy. Meeting in Strasbourg, MEPs agreed they should not be reduced. Aktuálně reports.

Global Europe 08-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express live

Sent out every Friday at noon, TEE gives you an insider's view of the most important coverage from across the Euractiv Media Network, its Media Partners and much more. Read and connect the local to the global in European politics.

Global Europe 30-05-2017

‘Brexit’ and ‘future of Europe’ muddle EU’s budget decision-making

Günther Oettinger today (30 May) presented the draft EU budget for 2018, acknowledging decision-making difficulties. He said the next long-term budget should be tabled by next summer, to take into account the Brexit context and the decisions on the future of the Union.

Economy & Jobs 12-05-2017

Brexit will harm EU cohesion policy, regions warn

EU cohesion policy will “suffer heavily” during Brexit given the anticipated halting of payments for certain projects until 2020, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) warned. EURACTIV Greece reports.

Enlargement 05-05-2017

Kosovo needs a new beginning

In Kosovo, far too much time has been spent on issues like border demarcation. Delivering peace instead of war is one thing but that is not enough when young people want a good education and their parents want jobs, warns Kosovar politician Kadri Veseli.

Economy & Jobs 04-05-2017

CoR president sees ‘enormous opportunity’ in Brexit

Committee of the Regions President Markku Markkula is adamant Brexit is an opportunity to "renew" the European Union, while cities and regions can be the drivers of change. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Economy & Jobs 28-04-2017

Greek SMEs vie for center stage in Juncker’s investment plan

The Greek government will try to use the Investment Plan for Europe in order to boost cash-strapped small and medium enterprises. EURACTIV Greece reports. In Greece, so-called “red” loans have exceeded €100 billion, representing 10% of all non-performing loans at EU level (€1.1 trillion). Of these, 68% belong to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). At the …

Economy & Jobs 26-04-2017

Commissioners promote more attractive cohesion policy

Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Crețu and Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen have submitted several proposals to make cohesion policy more visible and attractive.

Central Europe 14-04-2017

Bulgaria risks losing EU funding for research infrastructure modernisation

EXCLUSIVE/ Documents seen by EURACTIV.com show that Bulgaria is set to lose millions of euros in EU funding aimed at modernising the country’s research infrastructure and stimulating its innovation potential, apparently due to its inability to select independent evaluators.

Data protection 13-04-2017

Romanian EU-funded project accused of data protection violations

The Romanian government has been accused of bias in its awarding of EU funding to the country’s intelligence services. The e-Governance project is also facing serious allegations that it violates European and domestic laws on personal data protection.

Economy & Jobs 12-04-2017

Commission insists poor-performing regions need structural reforms

The European Commission yesterday (11 April) suggested that regions with a lower level of growth could benefit from greater institutional capacity and structural reforms that could facilitate investment. EURACTIV Spain reports.