Regional Policy

Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

Don’t link EU regional funds with budget deficit rules, Parliament insists

EU lawmakers rejected on Wednesday (13 February) a controversial proposal by the European Commission to make payments of cohesion funds conditional to the observation of country-specific recommendations on economic reforms. 
Economy & Jobs 11-02-2019

EU needs ambitious Cohesion policy to achieve SDGs, socialists argue

Europe’s economic strategy should focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Cohesion policy is key in getting there, socialist groups in the European Parliament and in the Committee of the Regions said in an appeal launched on Thursday (7 February).
Economy & Jobs 07-02-2019

Romania PM says EU regional cooperation key to fight Euroscepticism

Cooperation between EU institutions and regional and local authorities is key to fight Euroscepticism, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă said on Wednesday (6 February) while addressing the European Committee of the Regions. 
Economy & Jobs 31-01-2019

European Parliament votes for much greener cohesion policy

The European Parliament’s committee on regional development has voted on Cohesion policy regulation, and there is the clear intention of making Cohesion much greener from 2020. For the first time, there is also to be a ban on providing support for fossil fuels. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 29-01-2019

Juncker Plan’s results may be overstated, auditors say

The amount of investment mobilised by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) may have been overestimated, a new report by the European Court of Auditors has warned. It added that it may have also favoured larger member states.
Economy & Jobs 16-01-2019

Study: Cohesion’s impact on local audiences still remains limited

Social outcomes in Cohesion policy remain relatively obscure for the general public compared to economic developments, a recent project study has found. In addition to that, the process of reaching local audiences remains a challenge for policymakers and organisations across the European regions.

Romania glosses over presidency preparedness concerns

As Romania formally launched its six-month-long presidency of the EU, its foreign affairs chief insisted that the country was prepared to helm the Council ship for the very first time.
Agrifood 14-12-2018

Tsipras says CAP and regional policy cuts a ‘gift’ to anti-Europeans

Athens will oppose proposed cuts in the post-2020 agricultural and regional policy as this will be a “gift” to anti-EU populist forces, Greek premier Alexis Tsipras said on 13 December at the EU Council.    
Economy & Jobs 12-12-2018

Study: EU regional policy influences how people vote

Voters who are aware of EU support in their region vote in larger number for pro-Europe politicians. However, EU structural funds remain largely unknown - and often inefficient. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 07-12-2018

Regions remain puzzled on future Cohesion and Brexit implications

There is no room for double standards in the future Cohesion policy but there is a need for cooperation between funds and programmes, key partners and civil society, the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy told a Committee of the Regions (CoR) plenary session in Brussels on Wednesday (December 5).
Economy & Jobs 06-12-2018

Can Europe help combat the dying out of farms?

In the debate over the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP), there is also the question of how funding allocation can be better adapted to the regions’ specific needs. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-11-2018

EU regions defend cohesion policy as a driving force for innovation

The EU should strengthen regional investment in innovation through cohesion policy to compete with the US and China, regional leaders said during the European Innovation Summit in Brussels this week. 
Economy & Jobs 28-11-2018

Urban and rural disparities still a thorn in Europe’s regional development

Continuous depopulation of the EU's rural regions and interregional disparities remain a serious threat for the economic and demographic base of the EU regions in the future, stakeholders highlighted during a conference on territorial divergencies in the EU held in Brussels on Tuesday (27 November).

Europe’s first marine turbine helps reduce Ouessant Island’s carbon footprint

A marine turbine submerged 55 metres deep in the Fromveur passage, a strait off Western French coast known for its strong current, has produced 15% of the electricity needed by Ouessant Island since mid-October. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-11-2018

Parliament urges Council to start negotiating on next EU long-term budget

The European Parliament laid down funding priorities for the next long-term EU budget on Tuesday (13 November) and urged the Council to agree on a common position so that talks be completed before next May. But differences still remain about the level of member states' contributions.
Economy & Jobs 08-11-2018

EU must look after regions, even if future funding is cut

European border regions matter and the EU must continue looking after them despite planned cuts for Cohesion policy funding, particularly as some of them remain under-developed, participants at a recent EURACTIV event said, highlighting the example of Romania-Bulgaria cross-border cooperation.
Economy & Jobs 19-10-2018

Regions call for inclusive budget after 2020, maritime co-operations at stake

Europe's regions are in urgent need of concrete measures to boost their local economy and their European dimension, stakeholders highlighted during the General Assembly of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) in Madeira, Portugal on Thursday (October 18).
Economy & Jobs 17-10-2018

Dependence on European funds worries Portuguese opposition

Portuguese MEPs José Manuel Fernandes (PSD) and Pedro Silva Pereira (PS) agree on the importance of European structural funds in public investment, although the former says it is "worrying" and the latter considers it "strategic". EURACTIV's media partner Lusa reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-10-2018

Cohesion Policy must work on a people-based approach, stakeholders say

Cohesion Policy is one the most important but still insufficiently known tools for EU integration, stakeholders highlighted during a EURACTIV forum in Brussels on Wednesday (10 October), where they called for a better communication to counter Euroscepticism.
Development Policy 12-10-2018

Decentralised cooperation: building bridges for local-to-local development beyond 2020

Decentralised cooperation has been a pillar in international development for the past 10 years but stakeholders fear the new EU long-term budget might threaten the role of local authorities in the field. 
Economy & Jobs 12-10-2018

EU citizens need a Europe that’s closer to them, says former US ambassador

EU citizens want more Europe, but they want a Europe that works, a former US ambassador to the EU told the closing ceremony of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018 in Brussels on Thursday (October 11). Europe’s comparative...
Economy & Jobs 10-10-2018

Portugal dominates RegioStars Awards with innovation, culture projects

Portugal was the big winner of the RegioStars awards 2018 in Brussels, a project promoting regional innovation, cohesion and culture in the EU, with two awards for its innovation in sustainable industrial technologies and the promotion of cultural heritage.
European Commissioner in Charge of Regional Policy, Corina Cretu (R) and President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions, Belgian Karl-Heinz Lambertz (L) give a press conference to present the 7th report on economic, social and territorial cohesion in the EU at the EU commission, in Brussels, Belgium, 09 October 2017.
Economy & Jobs 09-10-2018

Lambertz: ‘To weaken our municipalities, our cities, our regions is to weaken our Union’

The president of the European Committee of the Regions warned on Tuesday (9 October) that Cohesion policy plays an important role in the European Union and should not be cut in the EU's next long-term budget.
Economy & Jobs 09-10-2018

Juncker hits out at ‘stupid populists’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Europe to "stand up" to the far-right during a speech at the opening session of the European Week of Regions and Cities on Monday (8 September).