Opinion Factsheet  

Europäische territorial Zusammenarbeit

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Opinion Number: CDR 3595/2018
Rapporteur: 
Commission: COTER
Status: Adopted
Date: 05/12/2018
 
Main political goals:
to oppose the decision to move maritime cross-border cooperation from component 1 "cross border" to component 2 "transnational";
to defend the increase the budget for traditional territorial cooperation (components 1 and 4) to up to 3% of the cohesion budget and to establish an additionalspecific reserve of 0.3% of the cohesion budget for interregional innovation investments;
to oppose to reducing EU cofinancing rates from 85% to 70%.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- sincerely welcomes the new regulation on European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) for the 2021 2027 programming period and is pleased that this founding policy of the EU is being made more visible through this dedicated regulation;

- regrets the Commission's proposal to reduce the ETC budget from 2.75% to 2.5% and is opposed to reducing EU co-financing rates from 85% to 70%;

- regrets that the budgets for both component 1 "cross-border cooperation" and component 4 on traditional "interregional cooperation" have been severely reduced;

- opposes the decision to move maritime cross-border cooperation from component 1 "cross border" to component 2 "transnational";

- endorses the CPR rapporteurs' proposal to increase the budget for traditional territorial cooperation (components 1 and 4) to up to 3% of the cohesion budget for interregional innovation investments, a new initiative which is of high added value;

- emphasises that, while interregional innovation investments must give priority to excellence, they must also boost territorial cohesion by helping less innovative regions to become involved in the drive to achieve European interregional innovation;

- considers that the Commission proposal in Annex XXII of the CPR is arbitrary in prioritising financing for border regions at least half of whose population lives less than 25 km from the border and entirely rejects it for that reason;