About: cohesion funds

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.
Future EU 04-05-2018

Hungary blasts Commission over EU funding ‘blackmail’ plan

Hungary said Thursday (3 May) that a European Union plan to link the bloc's funding payouts to respect for the rule of law amounted to "blackmail", a day after Brussels unveiled its first post-Brexit multi-year budget plan.
Economy & Jobs 18-04-2018

ESPON Director: We need joint projects, activities to make Cohesion Policy successful

Territorial Cooperation has a limited spending scope and must be integrated into the mainstream cohesion policy funds, where there is a substantial amount of investment available, the director of ESPON EGTC, Ilona Raugze, told EURACTIV in an interview. ESPON EGTC...
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.
Future EU 13-10-2017

France and Germany seek to reform cohesion funds

Germany wants to tie cohesion funds to the recipient countries’ respect for the rule of law. Emmanuel Macron would like the countries to respect a minimum tax rate before disbursing aid to regions. Is it time to change the criteria for accessing cohesion funds? EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 28-06-2017

‘Evil’ Brussels vs. ‘good’ Prague: Czech MEPs want to change EU’s image

Only 1/3rd of the European Union’s population knows the positive effect that Union funds have on them. For example, Czechs have received hundreds of billions of crowns since the country joined the EU, but only 33% view EU membership as positive. Aktuálně reports.
Central Europe 31-05-2017

Germany to propose cutting funds to EU members that violate rule of law

European Union members that fail to meet EU standards on the rule of law could lose access to its financing under German proposals for the reform of the cohesion fund system seen by Reuters yesterday (30 May).
Global Europe 30-05-2017

‘Brexit’ and ‘future of Europe’ muddle EU’s budget decision-making

Günther Oettinger today (30 May) presented the draft EU budget for 2018, acknowledging decision-making difficulties. He said the next long-term budget should be tabled by next summer, to take into account the Brexit context and the decisions on the future of the Union.
Elections 11-05-2017

Finland: Make EU funding conditional for members turning away refugees

The European Union should attach more conditions to cohesion funds earmarked for some member states in its next budget framework, Finland's finance minister said today (11 May), saying they should do more to share the cost of taking in migrants.
Future EU 10-04-2017

EU’s real problem is the lack of a ‘good driver’

Romania's real concern is not the prospect of “multi-speed Europe” but the lack of a “good driver”, of real leadership and of a valuable European vision, Vasile Pușcaș told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 03-03-2017

Visegrád Group spells out its vision of EU’s future

The leaders of the Visegrád Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) adopted yesterday (2 March) a joint statement on their input to the Rome Declaration, which will be adopted at the summit in the Italian capital on 25 March.
Agrifood 02-03-2017

Visegrád readies attack against ‘double standards’ for food

The leaders of the Visegrád Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) are meeting today (2 March) in Warsaw to discuss, among other things, food quality in Central and Eastern Europe.
Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Commission ‘not satisfied’ with Adriatic-Ionian Strategy results

European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu is extremely dissatisfied with the poor performance of the Adriatic-Ionian Strategy's implementation. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Regional Policy 24-01-2017

Greek regional governor: Local economies need leverage to ‘breathe’

A new development fund launched in northern Greece aims to boost SMEs’ role in the local economy and simultaneously ensure transparency in financial management, the governor of the Western Macedonia region told EURACTIV Greece.
Regional Policy 30-11-2016

Regions leader: More flexibility for the new ‘cohesion policy’

Regional structural funds absorption procedures should be simplified, Dr. Michael Schneider said in an interview with EURACTIV Greece, adding that financing through the European Strategic Investment Fund should also include a geographical factor.

Academic: ‘Clear evidence that cohesion policy has a significant impact’

The EU’s cohesion policy, which aims at closing the development gap between rich and poor regions, has succeeded in boosting local growth although many people aren't aware of it, professor John Bachtler said in an interview with EURACTIV Greece.
Central Europe 26-10-2016

Orbán bites the European hand that feeds his oligarchs – it’s time to bite back!

This week, the European Court of Auditors will report on how the EU spends taxpayer money. For once, the worst offending member states will be named and shamed, with Hungary set to top the list. This should just be the starting point, insist Bart Staes and Benedek Javor.
Regional Policy 03-10-2016

Romania’s bids for EU funding criticised by own Commissioner

Romanian Commissioner Corina Crețu has urged her country to submit better quality bids for EU money, as the Eastern European nation struggles to secure all-important funding. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Euro & Finance 14-04-2016

Schinas: Juncker Plan is ‘good news’ for Greece

The European Commission is highly satisfied with the results of the Investment Plan for Europe, with €82 billion already triggered in new investment, Margaritis Schinas said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Greece.
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Central Europe 07-10-2015

Czech broadband money caught in political intrigue

Nearly two years after the adoption of the new long-term EU budget (2014-2020), the Czech government is still struggling to fulfill conditions that would open the door to half a billion euros of EU cohesion money available to support high-speed internet. EURACTIV.cz reports.
EU Priorities 2020 15-09-2015

Auditors slam ‘serious’ and ‘persistent’ errors in awarding of EU cohesion funds

Serious errors in the awarding of €349 billion of EU public funds meant that contracts were given to undeserving companies in tendering processes that were not competitive, the European Court of Auditors has said.
Hearing of candidate commissioner Corina Cre?u [European Parliament / Flickr]
Regional Policy 02-10-2014

EPP holds Damocles’ sword over Cre?u

Corina Cre?u, Romania’s commissioner –designate for Regional Policy, left MEPs with mixed feelings following her confirmation hearing yesterday (1 October). The centre-right EPP reproached her for providing few ideas, and for lacking a proposal as to how to solve a major budgetary problem concerning her portfolio. EURACTIV Romania contributed to this article.

€38 billion money pot could unlock 2030 clean energy deal

EXCLUSIVE / Europe’s structural funding cash pool for energy efficiency and renewables projects has soared by 40% to an estimated €38-39 billion and could be used to broker a 2030 clean energy targets deal with cost-concerned east European states, EURACTIV has learned.  
EU Priorities 2020 08-11-2013

Tight EU budgets usher in new era of efficient spending, innovative finance

SPECIAL REPORT / When there is less money, the only way to cope is to spend it better and more efficiently. This is the age-old principle behind Brussels' approach to the next EU budget, for 2014-2020.