Regional Policy Archives

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lewandowski: ‘We cannot announce a growth pact and make cuts to Cohesion’


    The EU's budget commissioner has come out strongly in defence of cohesion policy, telling EURACTIV France that Europe needed to go beyond austerity measures to support growth in the most deprived regions.

  • Arctic expert: Greenland could re-join the EU in a generation


    Greenland joined the European Economic Community with Denmark in 1973 but left in 1985 due to quarrels over commercial fishing regulations. With Greenland facing new export potential and possible independence from Denmark, the EU must play a pragmatic and constructive role to secure the island’s development, Damien Degeorges says in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Regional rep.: Airport noise curbs are ‘very political decisions’

    Special Report 12-07-2012

    Decisions over night flights or flight routes are "very political" and have to balance between the national, regional and local levels, says Sergi Alegre Calero from the Airport Regions Conference (ARC). The European level, he says, should only interfere in cases where local populations and other stakeholders are not consulted or when their decisions are being ignored.

  • MEP responsible for Cohesion Policy: It’s a new era for EU funds


    German MEP Constanze Krehl was working to win a mandate on EU funds for the 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework. She says EU funds will be completely revamped to support projects that fall in line with the EU's 2020 goals, but throws her support behind coal plants.

  • Economist: EU’s next budget asks for sacrifices


    The EU's budget for the 2014-2020 period will have to change the way regional funds work, says Fabian Zuleeg of the European Policy Centre. The money that traditionally goes to poorer countries should be redirected for the time being to where it is really needed - the countries deeply hit by the economic crisis - keeping in mind the single goal of protecting the EU as a whole, he told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Georgieva: Cold snap exposes need for quicker emergency response


    National and EU-level cooperation on civil protection needs improvement if it is to deliver quicker crisis response such as during the cold wave that swept Europe, says Kristalina Georgieva, humanitarian aid and crisis response commissioner. She spoke in Rome to

  • Scientist-MEP: ‘If necessary, divert cash from agriculture to research’


    Portuguese MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho (European People's Party) is calling for more structural funds to be used for research in a new report to be discussed at a Parliamentary workshop later this month. She is a firm believer that Europe needs to spend more on science and research to emerge from its current economic malaise.

  • Ciolo?: CAP money slowly shifting eastwards


    Farmers in Western countries such as France could see their subsidies cut by up to 7% as more money is being channeled to Central and Eastern European states. EU farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolo? spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of proposals today to reform the EU's Common Agricultural policy for 2014-2020.

  • Mountain areas: EU should help boost local energy potential

    Special Report 20-09-2011

    Political and financial support is needed from the EU to help rural areas develop renewable energies at local level such as biomass and small hydro, according to Euromontana, an association representing Europe's mountainous regions.

  • Dassis: ‘European workers are fiercely opposed to austerity measures’


    Trade union leaders from across Europe are gathering in Athens this week, for the 12th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). Veteran trade unionist George Dassis shared with EURACTIV his views on the social impacts of the financial crisis, and how the EU should show solidarity with countries such as Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

  • Delebarre: ‘I’m against idea of performance reserve’ for regions


    Meeting in Brussels today (1 April), regional leaders are expected to adopt a report that directly contradicts many of the European Commission's ideas for reforming the EU structural funds in the coming years. Mayor of Dunkirk Michel Delebarre spoke to EURACTIV about why the Committee of the Regions cannot support some of the Commission's plans.


  • MEP: ‘Europe shows its face through local projects’


    The European Commission wants to subsidise regions like eastern Germany, which are less prosperous than average, through a new category of funding. German MEP Markus Pieper (European People's Party), MEP and vice-chair of the European Parliament's regional policy committee, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview why he is not convinced by the idea.

  • Italian expert: Regional funding must come with conditions


    How should the EU's cohesion policy be reformed to meet the challenges facing Europe's regions in the coming years? EURACTIV Czech Republic interviewed Fabrizio Barca, one of Europe's leading experts in the field of economics and regional development.

  • Czech Minister: ‘Flexibility’ needed in EU regional spending


    What are the most important aspects of EU cohesion policy from the perspective of a 'new' member state in Central Europe? EURACTIV Czech Republic interviewed Daniel Braun, a deputy minister in the Ministry for Regional Development, who described the main elements of the Czech government's position.

  • Budapest Mayor: Cutting regional funds could harm EU social equality


    Any future cuts in EU regional funds could damage the ability of local and regional bodies to balance economic development with vital social and environmental changes, according to outgoing Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky.

  • Hahn: ‘I want regional policy to keep its current budget’


    EU regional policy is the best way to transform the 'Europe 2020' economic goals into concrete achievements, and it will need to keep its current chunk of the EU budget to do so, according to EU Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn.

  • Tallinn Mayor: Give commission more regional budget clout


    The EU's large regional policy budget should be kept at its current level, but only if the European Commission gets a bigger say on how funding is allocated and to which regions, Tallinn’s Mayor Edgar Savisaar told EURACTIV in an interview, lamenting a lack of coherence in the distribution of funds.

  • Amsterdam mayor: Cities can play their part in Europe 2020 plan


    Local leaders must be given the freedom to create tailor-made solutions for making the 'Europe 2020' growth strategy work, but must likewise take more responsibility for this task, Lodewijk Asscher, acting Mayor of Amsterdam, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • GE boss: Single market still hampered by ‘a ton of barriers’


    The Europe 2020 targets are "good and necessary," but more fundamental changes are needed to remove the "ton" of barriers that continue to hamper the completion of the single market, Nani Becalli, president and CEO of GE International, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Eurocities: Europe’s cities ‘frustrated’ by innovation policy


    Europe's biggest cities believe the European Commission's definition of innovation is too narrowly focused on the commercial and research sectors. In an interview with EURACTIV, Paul Bevan, secretary-general of Eurocities, said Europe's urban centres are teeming with examples of social, organisational and market-driven innovation.