Regional Policy

Economy & Jobs 22-05-2018

Saving Europe’s biggest salt water lagoon

Clean-up squads, co-financed with European funds, stepped up their efforts in recent weeks in the Mar Menor region in southeast Spain, to remove dead algae and other waste from the shoreline of Europe's largest salt water lagoon.
Economy & Jobs 20-05-2018

Simplification still the main challenge for EU cohesion policy control

The European Commission will soon present its legislative proposal for the future EU cohesion policy, in the context of negotiations for a new long-term budget. But in order to define new financing instruments, it is important to understand if the existing ones worked or not.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2018

CoR wants Commission to consider stabilisation fund for regions affected by Brexit

The UK's departure will have an major impact on the EU's regions and cities, the Committee of the Regions has warned. The Committee has urged the European Commission to consider setting up a regional stabilisation fund before 29 March 2019.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2018

No big winners and losers in new Cohesion funds, Oettinger says  

The European Commission is determined to protect the integrity of its Cohesion Policy but this is going to be a battle where no one can have it all, the EU's Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger told the Committee of the Regions plenary on Thursday (May 16).
Economy & Jobs 16-05-2018

No changes on minimum national co-financing rate for Cohesion, says Croatia

Croatia is one of the best users of the EU's Cohesion funds and is ready to raise its national contribution to the EU budget but wants other member states to do the same, Croatian officials said on Tuesday (15 May). But they also warned against raising the rate of national co-financing of Cohesion programmes.
Economy & Jobs 03-05-2018

Regions and cities worried about cohesion cuts, co-finance and ESF

EU regions and cities have expressed their concern about the European Commission’s new proposal for the post-2020 cohesion budget, raising doubts about the future effectiveness of the policy.
Economy & Jobs 02-05-2018

Cohesion stakeholders unhappy with MFF proposal

The announcement of the European Commission's new long-term budget proposal contained a rather bad surprise for the stakeholders of Cohesion Policy. The EU's second largest policy in terms of budget is the big loser of the Commission’s proposal, with a planned 7% cut and a total budget of €442.412 billion.
Future EU 02-05-2018

Commission’s ‘realistic’ budget criticised by member states

The European Commission's proposal for a moderate increase of EU funds for the next budgetary period (2021-2027) was immediately dismissed as a non-starter by national capitals.
Future EU 02-05-2018

The Brief – Money, money, money…

For those who have lived under a rock for the past week and haven't heard: ABBA are reuniting. Scandinavia's biggest pop sensation has recorded two new songs - their first new material in 35 years - and are launching a hologram tour(!).
Economy & Jobs 02-05-2018

EU budget proposal 2021-2027 – as it happened

The European Commission unveils its proposal for the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027 today (2 May), setting the stage for a bruising and long negotiation with member states and parliament.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2018

Parliament slams the brakes on EU’s proposed regional fund overhaul

The European Commission's proposal to move up to €20 billion from Cohesion Policy to incentivise structural reforms in the member states was put temporarily on hold by the European Parliament, after its regional committee decided to hold an extensive hearing on the matter.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2018

Southern Europe activists join forces against mass tourism

Neighbourhood associations and activist groups from 14 southern European cities formed a network to join forces in their fight against mass tourism which was presented Thursday (26 April) in Barcelona.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2018

All quiet in the West while the East is advancing, study shows

Statistically, the economic gap between European regions is narrowing. Nevertheless, the abandoned regions remain left behind - and in Western Europe there is stagnation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2018

Council and Parliament agree on simplification of EU funds

Rules on the so-called Omnibus regulation on EU financial rules, including Cohesion policy, will be simplified, whether they are managed by the Commission, by various organisations and bodies, or jointly with national authorities. The European Parliament is now expected to...
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2018

Regions in transition are most at risk due to economic stagnation, no innovation

European regions want an enhanced and inclusive Cohesion Policy that will make use of structural funds and more complementary mechanisms to address the current problems at their core. At the same time, the Committee of the Regions is asking for a concrete plan before the European elections in May 2019.
Economy & Jobs 16-04-2018

Cretu: One legislation for cross-border projects

Corina Crețu, the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, supports the possibility for two member states working on cross-border cooperation projects to voluntarily choose the legislation from one of the two countries.
Agrifood 13-04-2018

Smart villages are an opportunity to bring jobs, says MEP Bogovic

Smart villages intend to use the full potential of digital technologies to unlock job opportunities in a bid to counter rural poverty and depopulation, MEP Franc Bogovic told EURACTIV ahead of an event to promote his initiative.
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Economy & Jobs 11-04-2018

Scotland needs EU freedom of movement to halt falling population

Scotland wants to retain full access to the Single Market and the Customs Union after Brexit at all costs.
Economy & Jobs 10-04-2018

Future EU regional policy – less funding for East Germany?

The EU budget for 2020 onward is not yet fixed but the German federal states already fear cuts in the funding for promotion of local projects. East Germany is especially concerned - a lot is at stake because many regions benefit greatly from EU subsidies. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 29-03-2018

Cretu: EU’s Interreg programmes need to be revised, simplified

The European Territorial Programmes, known as Interreg, will need to be reshaped and streamlined because they are fragmented and often hampered by red tape and national borders, Commissioner Corina Crețu told an event in the European Parliament.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2018

Cuts to regional funding will be modest, assures EU budget chief

There are no guarantees that EU Cohesion funds will not be cut in the next seven-year budget but the cuts will be “less than 10%, probably near 5%”, the EU's Budget commissioner said on Thursday (22 March).
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2018

EU auditors: Public-private partnerships suffer from widespread shortcomings

A report by the European Court of Auditors Risk on the effectiveness of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Europe has found significant shortcomings ranging from insufficient competition and significant delays to cost increases and lack of comparative analyses.
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2018

Regions back bigger EU budget, with ‘cohesion for all’

European regions support the idea of an ambitious EU budget with new own recourses and increase of the member states’ contribution, in line with a recent European Parliament report on the future of the EU finances.

Baltic states against EU sanctions on Poland

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have confirmed that they are against imposing EU sanctions on Poland for alleged breaches to the rule of law. EURACTIV Poland reports.