The Committee of the Regions has launched the research and reflexion project on the Future of Cohesion Policy. With this project, the CoR intends to have a vision on the future of the Cohesion policy after 2020, stepping into the debate at an early stage.
The main objective of the project is to provide input to the forthcoming opinions of the CoR on the future Cohesion policy post 2020.
The Future of Cohesion Policy project consists in a process of study and debate. The CoR has set up a platform for thematic discussion with other EU institutions, experts and key stakeholders, supported by a wide study on the future of Cohesion policy divided into one note on methodology and two reports.
The project started in December 2014 with a workshop to define the methodology. This is followed by one report, one workshop in July 2015 and another one October 2015 in parallel to the COTER Commission, and the second part of the report, and finally a conference in 2016.
This material will feed into a political discussion and eventually in a CoR opinion prepared by the COTER Commission.
The project on the Future of Cohesion Policy should address a number of fundamental questions and issues related to Cohesion policy.
The different topics will be tackled only highlighting the most relevant interests of the local and regional authorities, and considering the added value of the CoR. The study will be more detailed on the issues which will not be or have not been covered by studies of the EC and other institutions. Items:
The three seminars accompanying the reports will be conducted with the same experts, who will constitute an advisory expert group.
An independent contractor of the Committee of the Regions is in charge of the reports. The seminars will be followed by COTER members, who will compose the political steering group in charge of monitoring the whole process and linking it to the COTER commission.
The composition of the expert group should provide for a broad representation of relevant players and points of view, while ensuring a strong presence of regional practitioners. Invited and Brussels-based experts constitute a group of 25-30 persons.
Secretariat: Alfonso Alcolea, Gordon Modro