Regional Policy

Elections 10-09-2018

President Juncker, give towns and regions the support that Europe needs!

Europe faces massive challenges, from migration to climate change and all points between. As Jean-Claude Juncker gears up to make his final address to this European Parliament, Frédéric Vallier calls on the Commission boss not to forget the role of cities and regions.
Climate change 23-05-2018

Green cities for a greener future

On issues such as providing cleaner air, reducing noise pollution, establishing cleaner water and tackling waste, cities are at the forefront of change, writes Anna Lisa Boni.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2018

Five things to know about EU regional policy cuts

The debate over the EU's post-2020 budget (MFF) has cast a shadow on the future of the EU main investment policy. Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos look at what could happen next and what's at stake.
Climate change 20-02-2018

Covenant of Mayors: A key instrument for the future EU budget

In order for the Covenant of Mayors to continue its success and further embed itself in EU policies, it has to become a key instrument for the future EU budget, write the local and regional leaders of the group's board.   

Economy & Jobs 19-02-2018

Cohesion Policy post-2020: Doing more with less and additional private funding

In the aftermath of Brexit, which is expected to create a financial gap of €14 billion per year, doing more with less has, once again, become a cliché. But this time it is different, writes centre-right MEP Maria Spyraki.  
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2018

Building the next generation of macro-regions

The time has come to consider equipping EU macro-regional strategies with dedicated means, structures, and rules to make them deliver, write Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos.  
Economy & Jobs 09-01-2018

Financial instruments: A paradigm shift in the next EU budget

The (much) higher use of loans and guarantees foreseen in the MFF post-2020 will produce significant changes in the management model of EU funding, and could even herald a structural evolution in the European project as a whole, write Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos.
Future EU 20-12-2017

Cities are partners towards a more positive future for Europe

The EU needs to listen more and engage more with its citizens. It can take inspiration from and use its cities for this purpose to find ways to create societies where people come first, argues Daniël Termont.
Economy & Jobs 11-12-2017

Deepening the EMU, but not at the expense of regions

In its package on deepening the EMU unveiled on 6 December, the Commission proposed to amend the Common Provisions Regulation. It's a piece of legislation that sets a single framework of rules for all the Structural and Investment Funds, whose main recipients are the European regions - write Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos.
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 07-12-2017

Cohesion policy must be at the heart of plans for a reformed EU

The upcoming EU budget negotiations and new priorities are calling into question the very existence of the EU’s Cohesion Policy. But if the social, economic and territorial disparities facing Europe are to be overcome, then Cohesion policy must be secured as the EU strategic investment policy for all European citizens after 2020, writes Vasco Cordeiro.
The successor of Horizon 2020 should be the centralised instrument for funding excellent applied research and practical innovation in the EU.
Economy & Jobs 29-11-2017

Beyond Horizon 2020: Europe’s winning streak of innovation and research ambition

Despite the programme’s shortcomings, Horizon 2020 is one of the greatest things that ever happened to EU research and innovation. But it’s time to rethink the respective financing through the EU budget, writes Andrey Novakov.
Economy & Jobs 27-11-2017

Towards a cohesion policy that leaves no town or region behind

Brexit, budget tensions, recentralisation processes and the rise of Euroscepticism and populist ideas: European economic, social and territorial cohesion are being tested on several fronts. These tests cast new doubts on the future of the European Union and the added value it brings to its citizens, writes Frédéric Vallier.
Future EU 06-10-2017

Give the regions more EU power to save the euro and defeat populism

Elections across Europe show Europe's political parties to be increasingly defined by how nationalistic they are. Confronting this and reinstating progressive politics is essential, and can best be done by giving more power to Europe's regions, urges Giles Merritt.
Enlargement 11-07-2017

EU enlargement: A six percent target for the Western Balkans

If the Western Balkans are to overcome almost three decades of economic stagnation and crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. This will need a fundamental rethink of the EU’s enlargement policy, argue Tobias Flessenkemper and Dušan Reljić.
Enlargement 05-05-2017

Kosovo needs a new beginning

In Kosovo, far too much time has been spent on issues like border demarcation. Delivering peace instead of war is one thing but that is not enough when young people want a good education and their parents want jobs, warns Kosovar politician Kadri Veseli.
Enlargement 16-08-2016

Biden hails gold medal for a country Serbia says doesn’t exist

US Vice-President Joe Biden has chosen this week to come to what is still Europe’s great unfinished business – the West Balkans. Can Biden knock any sense into his Serb hosts? Unlikely, says Denis MacShane.
Brexit 14-07-2016

Brexit: What about the Northern Ireland Peace Process?

Shortly after the results came in, Sinn Fein declared it would seek a vote on Irish reunification. Consequently, by voting in favour of Brexit, British voters may have endangered the progress of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, writes Karlijn Jans.

Refugees: Local and regional leaders call for targeted financing

European institutions and member states need to guarantee the necessary resources, via targeted financing for the towns and regions that host them, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) states in a petition.
Transport 02-06-2016

Zaventem’s Frankenstein airport provides a test case for the EU

Brussels’ Zaventem Airport has evolved into Frankenstein’s monster, processing more than 20 million passengers and millions of tonnes of cargo annually. And it’s growing, as jets fly round the clock over the rooftops of the city, write a number of concerned citizens and organisations.

Will Smart Specialisation impact Europe’s textile regions?

In the EU Cohesion Policy programming for 2014-2020, Smart Specialisation Strategies are a new tool for regions to design their investment in research and innovation. Europe’s leading textile regions united in RegioTex initiative to realise this potential, writes Lutz Walter.
Climate change 29-03-2016

EU money should not help destroy Bulgaria’s Kresna Gorge

The Bulgarian government is planning to carve a major motorway through the spectacular Kresna Gorge, one of Europe’s richest nature havens, using EU funds. The consequences for wildlife and the local community could be damaging, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.
Euro & Finance 02-03-2016

Is cohesion policy under threat?

Cohesion Policy, the European Union’s main investment policy tool, is soon to face a struggle for survival. One that could threaten the core values of solidarity and convergence of regional disparities on which the EU has been built up, write Nikos Lampropoulos and Francesco Molica.
09-10-2015

Reaching SDGs from the ground up

Hundreds, thousands of towns and regions from every continent are working at their level, for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writes Frédéric Vallier.
26-06-2015

It’s time to recognise community currencies

Local authorities and municipalities across Europe are increasingly turning to innovative approaches to meet continuing socio-economic challenges, writes Leander Bindewald.