Regional Policy

Economy & Jobs 19-09-2018

EESC president: MFF proposal is ‘not ambitious enough’

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will discuss on Wednesday (19 September) the next multi-annual financial framework (MFF) with budget commissioner Günter Oettinger. EESC President Luca Jahier told EURACTIV.com that the long-term budget for 2021-2027 should be increased to 1.3% of EU’s GDP.
Economy & Jobs 23-07-2018

Marini: Rules on public expenditure will be the real challenge for Cohesion

Dangers of backsliding can already be identified in the European Commission’s proposal for Cohesion Policy in the next seven-year EU budget, warns the Committee of the Regions’ Catiuscia Marini. But she says the aim is to reach a framework agreement on resources and rules before the current term expires.
Economy & Jobs 11-07-2018

Schneider: Commission’s proposal on Cohesion going in the wrong direction

The European Commission's plans to overhaul and slash Cohesion Policy spending in the next seven year EU budget are going in the wrong direction, says the Committee of the Regions' Michael Schneider.
Economy & Jobs 09-07-2018

Papadimoulis: Cohesion distribution could be improved but we don’t accept cuts

One and a half months after the new legislative package on Cohesion Policy for the 2021-2027 period was announced, negotiations are ready to start in order to reach a final consensus before the new European Parliament takes office in 2019....
Economy & Jobs 27-06-2018

Nicola Dobroslavić: ‘There is nothing ‘traditional’ here but the value of EU solidarity’

Negotiations over the EU's next long-term budget will start soon and the reform of the Cohesion Policy is one of its main elements. Nikola Dobroslavić (EPP), the European Committee of the Regions' rapporteur on this matter, analysed the worries cities and regions have about the current proposal in an interview with EURACTIV.
Lambert Van Nistelrooij
Economy & Jobs 14-05-2018

MEP Van Nistelrooij: Cohesion is still a cornerstone, despite cuts

With €375 billion in the new budget, cohesion remains a cornerstone of EU policies and the proposed cuts will be compensated with increased national co-financing, said Dutch MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij (EPP). He also said he was in favour of keeping the decentralised approach of ESF and the current categorisation of the regions.
Energy 26-04-2018

Mayor of Ghent: Climate targets ‘almost impossible’ to meet without cities and regions

As the European Commission gets ready to come up with a climate strategy for 2050 and ongoing energy talks approach the finish line, Mayor of Ghent Daniël Termont told EURACTIV that cities and regions should not be relegated to a mere consultation role in this crucial planning phase.
Economy & Jobs 18-04-2018

ESPON Director: We need joint projects, activities to make Cohesion Policy successful

Territorial Cooperation has a limited spending scope and must be integrated into the mainstream cohesion policy funds, where there is a substantial amount of investment available, the director of ESPON EGTC, Ilona Raugze, told EURACTIV in an interview. ESPON EGTC...
Economy & Jobs 13-04-2018

Minister: EU cohesion policy served Greece well, should be upgraded in future

The EU's cohesion policy supported Greece in its most serious crisis, demonstrating the value of the bloc's second-biggest funding scheme, Greece’s Alternate Economy Minister Alexis Charitsis told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Energy 23-02-2018

Polish mayor: ‘The future belongs to cities’

The city of Wrocław is one of Poland’s success stories, where job creation has hit record highs and environmental objectives are taken seriously. Wrocław’s long-serving mayor revealed his city’s future-leaning path and the advantages of being part of a Europe-wide network of mayors.
Economy & Jobs 12-12-2017

Stockholm mayor: Cohesion policy is strongest form of EU solidarity

Stockholm produces more billion dollar companies than any other place outside Silicon Valley and the European Commission recently proclaimed it Europe's most innovative region. Mayor Karin Wanngård explained how her city hangs onto its talent and why it is such a popular breeding ground for 'unicorns'.
Economy & Jobs 06-12-2017

EIB vice-president: Only municipalities with healthy budgets will be funded

Healthy and sufficient budgets are prerequisites for the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) investment tools and resources to be used by municipalities and regions, Vazil Hudák told EURACTIV Greece in an interview.  
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...
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.
01-02-2017

Czech Regions VP: Cohesion policy must serve citizens

Czech and Slovak national delegations to the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) recently presented a joint opinion on the future of cohesion policy after 2020, in which they set out seven common principles and priorities for the next programming period.
24-01-2017

Greek regional governor: Local economies need leverage to ‘breathe’

A new development fund launched in northern Greece aims to boost SMEs’ role in the local economy and simultaneously ensure transparency in financial management, the governor of the Western Macedonia region told EURACTIV Greece.
30-11-2016

Regions leader: More flexibility for the new ‘cohesion policy’

Regional structural funds absorption procedures should be simplified, Dr. Michael Schneider said in an interview with EURACTIV Greece, adding that financing through the European Strategic Investment Fund should also include a geographical factor.

Academic: ‘Clear evidence that cohesion policy has a significant impact’

The EU’s cohesion policy, which aims at closing the development gap between rich and poor regions, has succeeded in boosting local growth although many people aren't aware of it, professor John Bachtler said in an interview with EURACTIV Greece.
Climate change 09-11-2016

UfM representative: ‘Obligation’ to protect Mediterranean from climate change

COP22 kicked off this week and achieving the goals set by the last instalment in Paris will top the agenda of the Marrakesh conference. EURACTIV Spain spoke with Miguel García-Herraiz about the climate challenges facing the countries that border the Mediterranean.

30-07-2015

Ignacio Molina: Catalan separatists will never gain EU support

Many of the most radical Catalan separatists believe the autonomous elections on 27 September 27 this year will open the door to the question of secession from Spain. Researcher Ignacio Molina believes this is a dangerous idea. 
05-06-2015

Cre?u: Greece must make the most of EU cohesion funds

The absorption rate for Greece stands well above the EU average. All efforts should be made to make the most out of the remaining allocation before the end of the year, Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Cre?u told EURACTIV Greece in an exclusive interview.
Corina Cre?u [European Commission]
28-10-2014

Cre?u: ‘I will cut financing to luxury investment’

"My intention as a social democrat is to cut financing of projects that involve luxury investments which are not absolutely necessary, like fitness and SPA centres," Corina Cre?u, the new Romanian commissioner for Regional Policy, told EURACTIV Romania in an exclusive interview.
Michel Lebrun
13-10-2014

CoR President: Belgium’s decentralised governance is a model for the EU

Belgium’s decentralized system favours greater autonomy for regions and results in an effective governance, improving service delivery to citizens and enhancing democratic stability, according to the President of the Committee of the Regions, Michel Lebrun.
26-02-2013

Minister: Poland changed the EU narrative on cohesion policy

Poland changed the narrative that presented the EU's cohesion policy as something from the past that does not provide solutions to today's problems, says Piotr Serafin.