Regional Policy

Politics 12-02-2020

New EU regions president: ‘Citizens feel left out from the European process’

Apostolos Tzitzikostas (EPP), the governor of Central Macedonia (Greece), has been elected as the new president of the European Committee of the Regions. He talked to EURACTIV about his main priorities, which include a bottom-up approach to shaping European policies as the only way to overcome the "democratic deficit".
Economy & Jobs 03-02-2020

In Portugal, 15 ‘cohesion countries’ call for stronger EU budget

Fifteen EU member states insisted on Saturday (1 February) that the EU budget for 2021-2027 should maintain the level of the previous one "in real terms". EURACTIV’s partner Lusa reports.
Brexit 17-01-2020

Report: UK must replace €2bn EU cash with new regional funding

The UK government needs to provide £1.8 billion (€2.1 billion) per year to the poorest regions of the country to mitigate the loss of EU Cohesion funds, as part of a new Shared Prosperity Fund, according to a new report published on Friday (17 January).

Question marks raised over scale of EU’s new climate fund

The European Commission finally lifted the lid on its long-awaited just transition plans on Tuesday (14 January) but doubts have already been raised over the amount of funding on offer for the next decade compared to the bloc's Green Deal ambitions.
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2020

Nuclear ‘excluded’ from EU’s new Just Transition Fund

The EU's regional policy Commissioner Elisa Ferreira revealed on Tuesday (14 January) details of the €100 billion Just Transition Mechanism, a key financial component of the European Green Deal that should make the bloc climate neutral by 2050.
Economy & Jobs 10-01-2020

Just Transition Fund won’t come ‘at the expense’ of Cohesion, EU’s Ferreira claims

The creation of a Just Transition Fund to help poorer EU regions move towards a climate-neutral economy cannot come at the expense of the bloc's Cohesion Policy, the EU's regional policy Commissioner has said.
Economy & Jobs 07-11-2019

Selling electricity to neighbours: Technically feasible, but not in practice

An EU-funded Interreg project promoting microgrids technology has managed to help consumers produce renewable electricity on their own. But the ultimate objective to  enable reselling the power to their neighbour has been hindered by regulatory obstacles.
Economy & Jobs 04-11-2019

EU official: Interreg is an ‘engine’ of regional cooperation but needs simplification

Interreg, a flagship EU cohesion policy programme, is an important engine of cooperation and trust among countries, but to address ongoing challenges such as migration or Brexit, it needs to be simplified and better coordinated and have less red tape, a high-ranking EU official told EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 28-10-2019

Interreg EU project: Tackling climate change in the ‘Mediterranean way’

An EU-funded project aims to push for green and circular economy policies in the Mediterranean in light of an alarming study, which recently pointed out that temperatures in the region are escalating much faster than the global average.
Economy & Jobs 28-10-2019

How Interreg transforms the Mediterranean region

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In this Special Report, we will look at how Interreg MED has contributed to the region’s sustainability but also at the programme's future in the EU's next seven-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework, considering the planned cuts.
Economy & Jobs 28-10-2019

MEP Novakov: EU Cohesion policy needs a tough lady like Elisa Ferreira to defend it

Rule of law should be a matter of respect everywhere, not only in the Cohesion Policy. But ordinary beneficiaries should not be held responsible for the action of the whole country infringing common EU standards, MEP Andrey Novakov told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 25-10-2019

REGI chair: If von der Leyen has an ambition for Europe, she must have an ambition for Cohesion

The European Parliament shall not accept cuts on the budget of Cohesion Policy and expects the European Commission and its new President to be on its side, says MEP Younous Omarjee.

Regions call for ambitious EU budget, Cohesion policy, better cooperation

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime regions (CPMR) was set to adopt a Manifesto on the future of the EU negotiations on Friday (18 October) calling for more support to Europe's regions, an ambitious budge supporting a sustainable economic agenda and no cuts in the Cohesion policy.
Politics 16-10-2019

Italy’s German-speaking province makes U-turn on scrapping Italian name

The local government of the Italian autonomous province Alto Adige/Südtirol had to step back and change a law that would have removed the term ‘Alto Adige’ from its Brussels office, as the attempt nearly led the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis.
Economy & Jobs 14-10-2019

Rioja president: ‘We will stand behind our wine producers’ in EU-US tariff war

Concha Andreu, the president of La Rioja region, made her first visit to Brussels last week, just after the US announced fresh tariffs on European exports, including wine produced in her region. She told EURACTIV.com she is confident Europe will support the region, whose economy is heavily dependent on the wine sector.
Agrifood 12-09-2019

Poland and Germany call for swift negotiations to conclude EU budget

Germany and Poland are pressing for EU budget negotiations to be concluded as quickly as possible. For Poland, the primary beneficiary of the EU's cohesion policy, there is a great deal at stake. Germany hopes the negotiations will finish before it takes over the EU presidency next July. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 07-08-2019

Romania defies EU shipping sheep in summer heat

Under the burning sun in Romania's Midia port on the Black Sea, the Lady Maria stands ready to embark its passengers - thousands of sheep to be shipped to Libya for the Eid al-Adha holiday.
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Economy & Jobs 25-06-2019

networX. Inspiring Rural Europe

networX was the largest gathering or rural development stakeholders in the current EU programming period. Over 400 participants from the EU and beyond gathered in Brussels for two days celebrating the results of the past ten years of rural networking...
Agrifood 24-05-2019

Decentralisation of European funds in France, a typically French disaster

Late payments and a dreadful IT management tool: The decentralisation of EU funds has led to serious malfunctions in France, according to a report by the French Court of Auditors published just days before the European elections. EURACTIV France reports.
Circular economy 14-05-2019

EU cities join forces for more sustainable tourism

Climate change and tourism are closely interlinked. Local and regional authorities across Europe are working together to improve waste management to make tourism more sustainable in their towns.
Economy & Jobs 09-05-2019

Europe’s future lies in the hands of its regions and cities

As heads of state and government of the EU member states meet in Sibiu on Europe Day, Karl-Heinz Lambertz urges them to work towards a more cohesive, sustainable and democratic Europe.
Economy & Jobs 09-05-2019

Europe is better together: Franco-German Treaty shows the way

On 22 January 2019, in Aachen, Germany and France renewed their vows for enhanced cooperation among the two countries. This signature came 56 years after the first treaty that had been signed in Elysée, writes Ilona Raugze.
EU Elections 2019 16-04-2019

‘Citizens are calling for a change’, regional leader says on upcoming EU election

If the EU wants to regain citizens' trust after the European elections, it has to strengthen links with cities and regions, Stefano Bonaccini told EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 10-04-2019

A place for regions and cities in the European elections debate

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Cities and regions have played a fundamental role in implementing EU’s policies, particularly through the use of Cohesion Funds, which represent the main investment policy of the Union. However, they feel their voices are not being sufficiently heard. As the...

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