About: EU cohesion policy

Europe's East 08-04-2022

EU funds to help Ukraine refugees are insufficient, frontline countries warn

Frontline EU countries receiving Ukrainian refugees are warning that the bloc's current approach of loosening rules that govern structural fund spending in order to finance the influx of those fleeing the war will be insufficient in the long run.
Health 10-03-2022

MEPs support making full use of cohesion policy to abolish health inequalities

The European Parliament has approved an own-initiative report suggesting that cohesion policy funds could be one of the ways to reduce health inequalities, which remain huge across the EU. 
Economy & Jobs 06-12-2021

Governments break EU rules, plan cohesion spending without partners

Several European governments are breaking EU rules that require meaningful consultations with local authorities and civil society in planning cohesion spending, stakeholders have complained, while the European Commission says everything is, mostly, in order.
Agrifood 01-07-2021

EU to fight ‘geography of discontent’ with new vision for rural areas

The European Commission unveiled on Wednesday (30 June) its long-term vision for the EU's rural areas, proposing a rural pact and a rural action plan aimed at making those regions stronger, connected, and prosperous.
Economy & Jobs 24-06-2021

Tensions grow in France over recovery plan cohesion policy clash

Tensions are mounting in France over crossovers between the country's €100 billion plan to recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic and the European Union's cohesion policy, with regions complaining they have not been sufficiently consulted. 
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2021

Cohesion policy: Uphill battle to halt growing regional and social inequalities

The COVID-19 crisis has increased social inequalities across Europe, from access to education, to work, medical treatment, and housing. The widening gap goes hand in hand with regional disparities, and this dangerous downward spiral is something the EU's cohesion policy aims to put a stop to. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 16-02-2021

The cohesion imperative

At the start of 2021, we already know that European cohesion will be put to an unprecedented test. But if we remain focused, this crisis has the chance of being the one that makes Europe, instead of breaking it, writes Pawel Zerka.
Economy & Jobs 01-02-2021

Croatian islands need expertise to push green agenda forward

Cohesion policy is the most powerful tool at the EU's disposal for the fight against climate change, but border regions and islands need additional expertise to successfully implement the green transition, experts in Croatia have said.
Economy & Jobs 11-11-2020

MEPs worry about ‘funding gap’ for EU regions as talks press ahead

EU lawmakers want to ensure there is no financing gap between the next budgetary period for the policy that aims to reduce disparities between European regions, even if talks on the new regulation laying out the ground rules for the use of EU funds gets delayed.
Economy & Jobs 30-10-2020

Tackling migration through cohesion: what role for regions and civil society?

With the EU’s New Pact on Asylum and Migration presented recently, the issue of migration remains on the top of the agenda for decision-makers across the bloc. Though most often thought of as the competence of national governments, local and...
Economy & Jobs 08-09-2020

EP faces roadblocks as lawmakers push for quicker deployment of COVID-19 funds

Lawmakers on the European Parliament's regional development committee are keen to see a quicker deployment of funds for the mitigation of the immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis but they face an uphill battle with the member states who propose less money and potentially longer procedures.
Economy & Jobs 26-03-2020

COVID-19 emergency makes EU budget deal more urgent than ever

The seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak makes hefty cuts to cohesion policy in the EU's next long-term budget all the more unjustified, writes Enrico Rossi, the governor of Italy's Tuscany Region.
Economy & Jobs 03-02-2020

In Portugal, 15 ‘cohesion countries’ call for stronger EU budget

Fifteen EU member states insisted on Saturday (1 February) that the EU budget for 2021-2027 should maintain the level of the previous one "in real terms". EURACTIV’s partner Lusa reports.
Economy & Jobs 04-11-2019

EU official: Interreg is an ‘engine’ of regional cooperation but needs simplification

Interreg, a flagship EU cohesion policy programme, is an important engine of cooperation and trust among countries, but to address ongoing challenges such as migration or Brexit, it needs to be simplified and better coordinated and have less red tape, a high-ranking EU official told EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 09-05-2019

Europe is better together: Franco-German Treaty shows the way

On 22 January 2019, in Aachen, Germany and France renewed their vows for enhanced cooperation among the two countries. This signature came 56 years after the first treaty that had been signed in Elysée, writes Ilona Raugze.
Economy & Jobs 28-02-2019

Looking back to move forward: Building trans-generational peace in Northern Ireland

Shay McArdle is 21 years old. He lives in Dundalk, Ireland, and has no idea what a hard border looks like or what it was like to live through the 'Troubles'. But he is committed to preserving the state of peace that he was born into.
Economy & Jobs 22-02-2019

EU Commission wants to support health systems better through structural funds

Many regions of Europe for poor medical care because there is a lack of doctors, money or infrastrcture. The Commission is now considering how the structural funds can help in a targeted way. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2019

Environmental organisations ‘very disappointed’ with new ERDF Regulation

The European regional development fund currently amounts to €200 billion. German environmental organisations have criticised the fact that its new version sets the wrong priorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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.
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 13-12-2018

Of funds and values: Conditionality in EU cohesion policy

As the EU's multi-annual budget is being negotiated, the amounts and efficiency of spending matter but also priorities and European values when disbursing programmes. Smarter conditionality is needed, triggering less political backlash, and, where needed, direct payment to beneficiaries, argue Benedek Jávor and Laszlo Andor.
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 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).
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.