Opinion factsheet

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    CONTRIBUTION OF COHESION POLICY TO THE EUROPE 2020 STRATEGY

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    : CDR 223/2010
    : SCHNEIDER, Michael
    : EPP (European People's Party)
    : COTER
    : Adopted
    : 05/10/2010
    CONCLUSIONS OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



    - The Committee of the Regions must have structured involvement in the further implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, drawing, among other things, on the findings of the Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform. The European Commission's annual report for the spring summit should therefore include a specific chapter on the involvement of local and regional authorities in implementing the strategy;

    - Cohesion policy must, in future, continue to focus on objectives of economic, social and territorial cohesion as laid down in the EU Treaty, in particular by reducing disparities between the levels of development of the various regions and the backwardness of the least favoured regions. If that happens, cohesion policy will make an active contribution to achieving the Europe 2020 targets;

    - The horizontal approach to cohesion policy is the only way of ensuring that all regions of the European Union have the opportunity to play an active part in implementing the Europe 2020 strategy;

    - This could be achieved by means of a territorial pact with local and regional authorities setting out at the level of the European institutions the involvement of local and regional authorities in implementing the Europe 2020 strategy and a recommendation for territorial pacts which could allow for a structured involvement of local and regional authorities at national level in line with their respective powers.
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