Regional Policy Archives

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

    03-10-2012

    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

    25-07-2012

    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

    11-07-2012

    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

    01-03-2012

    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

    16-02-2012

    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 EURACTIV.it.

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

    10-11-2011

    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

    12-10-2011

    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’

    17-05-2011

    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

    01-04-2011

    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’

    22-03-2011

    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.

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