Regional Policy

Energy 16-04-2021

From Brussels with love: the secret to spending the recovery fund

The post-COVID recovery funds need to be spent quickly by member states already struggling with absorption rates. President Ursula von der Leyen and Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans need to promote the help available, writes Brook Riley.
Economy & Jobs 13-04-2021

REACT-EU to fund Czech healthcare instead of dressing rooms after criticism

After criticism from regional leaders, the Czech government overturned its decision to support local sports clubs with money from the REACT-EU emergency instrument. Instead, a large majority of the funds will go to the healthcare system, EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2021

Changing environment: the green future of European regions

  The European Regional Development and Cohesion funds, the classical tools of the EU’s cohesion policy, will disburse €242.9 billion euros during the 2021-2027 period, 30% of which will go to greening. In this episode we discuss how the cohesion...
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2021

EU’s fund to cover Brexit costs urgently needed, MEPs say

The EU Parliament's regional development committee has discussed the details of the EU's €5 billion Brexit Adjustment Reserve, with lawmakers calling for the fund to be implemented as soon as possible. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2021

EU’s Michel wants to involve regions more closely in recovery plans

European Council President Charles Michel wants to see regions more involved in the current European processes, particularly in the drafting of national recovery plans and the Conference on the Future of Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2021

Spain set to allocate €10 billion to combat ‘rural exodus’

The Spanish government will allocate about €10 billion of the total EU ‘post-COVID-19’ recovery funds approved for the Iberian country, to combat rural depopulation. EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 10-03-2021

Study: Coordination key to getting EU aid into regions during pandemic

Local authorities have had to rely on European aid distributed via the cohesion fund to maintain public services during the pandemic, but this process has not always worked smoothly, a study released on Wednesday (March 10) says. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2021

With loosened cohesion rules, EU money channelled away from climate action

EU countries have reallocated €3.8 billion of EU structural funds away from climate action while increasing "generic support" for small and medium-sized firms as well as health measures. This was made possible by loosened rules to enable a rapid response to the crisis but the European Commission hopes that the incoming fresh cash will reverse that trend.
Economy & Jobs 26-02-2021

The Cohesion Policy to come

Cohesion policy will be one of the main driving forces to achieve an equitable recovery, and the EU’s digital and green aspirations. EURACTIV tries to demystify the present and future of European cohesion.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2021

Towards a ‘new normal’: What challenges for EU’s post-crisis Cohesion policy?

What effect will the COVID-19 pandemic have had on cohesion within the EU and what lessons can be learned from the crisis to strengthen the bloc in the future? These are some of the questions addressed in the European Policy Centre's report published on Thursday (18 February), a year after the start of the pandemic. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2021

Cohesion Commissioner tells Bulgaria to make good use of EU’s unprecedented funding

The opportunities that the EU’s new long-term budget and the Recovery and Resilience Fund, totaling €1.8 trillion, offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the EU and Bulgaria, Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms told a mostly Bulgarian audience.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2021

EU regions’ advisory body to step up cooperation with Commission

Renovations, sustainable mobility, urban greening. These are just some areas in which the Committee of the Regions' (CoR) wants to work more closely with the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-02-2021

New study sheds light on ‘depopulated Spain’

Almost 46% of the Spanish territory has lost more than half of its population since 1950 and, as a direct impact of this quick depopulation, also lost considerable economic power, a new survey by Spanish think tank Funcas revealed. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 16-02-2021

The cohesion imperative

At the start of 2021, we already know that European cohesion will be put to an unprecedented test. But if we remain focused, this crisis has the chance of being the one that makes Europe, instead of breaking it, writes Pawel Zerka.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2021

Opposition leader: Romania’s recovery plan further sidelines left-led poor regions

Romania’s proposed recovery plan is economically unbalanced and politically biased as it focuses on investments in rich regions while disregarding poorer areas led by leftist local authorities, the leader of the country's main opposition, the Social Democratic Party (PSD), told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 11-02-2021

EESC President: Crisis is widening gap between school and real life for youth

Europe needs to "get the economy up and running" to help its youth find opportunities and bridge the gap between school and the workplace, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Christa Schweng told EURACTIV in an interview.
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Agrifood 08-02-2021

Reviving Spain’s rural areas through the Puebla project

A new Corteva Agriscience project to reverse depopulation in Spain’s rural areas is sowing the seeds for a brighter future, writes Igor Teslenko. Igor Teslenko is the President for Europe of Corteva Agriscience. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance...
Economy & Jobs 04-02-2021

Treating COVID ‘symptoms’ without facing past may risk green future of regions

Many EU governments appear to be ignoring regional and local authorities in the design of their national recovery plans, and they risk uneven recovery and slower green transition if existing issues in most vulnerable regions are disregarded, experts say.
Economy & Jobs 03-02-2021

Official: Pandemic restrictions led to ‘intolerable hostility’ in border regions

The pandemic has thrown Europe back into the age of borders, with new barriers manned by police and military, and ID checks. Freedom of movement, the cornerstone of the European way of life, disappeared. Cross-border regions, called "Eurodistricts", came to play a special role, Frank Scherer explains in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2021

MEPs call for regional policy to combat demographic changes

Europe's regions are changing. The population is getting older and cities are growing while rural regions are increasingly dying out, causing strains on urban infrastructure. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Economy & Jobs 01-02-2021

Croatian islands need expertise to push green agenda forward

Cohesion policy is the most powerful tool at the EU's disposal for the fight against climate change, but border regions and islands need additional expertise to successfully implement the green transition, experts in Croatia have said.
Economy & Jobs 01-02-2021

Today’s EU disregards regional autonomy, the Commission should respond

Today we often see an EU where the principle of subsidiarity is only a theoretical concept and regional autonomy is not taken into account. It is time for the Commission to step up its efforts and a first step could be to give the Minority Safepack initiative the attention it deserves, writes Harry Jansson.
Economy & Jobs 28-01-2021

Cohesion money ‘won’t buy our consent,’ Greek islands governor says

EU cohesion policy funds to support social and professional integration of migrants and refugees will not solve the problems faced by Greek islands hosting camps, the governor of the region told EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 26-01-2021

Worst yet to come? Jobs and Cohesion in 2021

As the EU economy reels from the pandemic, forecasts suggest that unemployment rates across the bloc may hit their peak this year. At the same time, some 20% of firms foresee a permanent reduction in employment, according to the European Investment Bank's (EIB) investment report published last Thursday (21 January).

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