Opinion Factsheet  

Neighbourhood and the World

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Opinion Number: CDR 4008/2018
Rapporteur: JANSSEN Hans
Group: EPP (European People's Party)
Commission: CIVEX
Status: Adopted
Date: 06/12/2018
 
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

- Notes with interest the Commission's proposals for the 2021-2027 multi-annual financial framework under the heading "Neighbourhood and the world";

- Welcomes the proposed budget increase for the European Union's external action; considers this to be directly needed in view of global challenges; underlines the need to regard this proposed increase as a minimum in the current MFF negotiations;

- Appreciates the Commission's ambition to make the EU's external action more consistent, coherent and flexible, in view of the global challenges; welcomes the envisaged increase in effectiveness by merging several external action instruments into the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), but notes that everything will depend on the operationalisation of the current proposals; underlines that NDICI should continue to serve the long-term development objectives that were previously strived for through the EDF;

- Welcomes the prolonging of the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA III), as a relevant and purposeful instrument, and appreciates that IPA III shall have as specific objectives reinforcing the effectiveness of public administration and supporting structural reforms and good governance at all levels, and supporting territorial and cross-border cooperation;

- Is concerned that, with external action increasingly being allocated based on geography, and an increased reliance on country-led strategies, access to funding for Local and Regional Authorities might become more difficult;

- Calls on the EU institutions to keep funds accessible to all types and sizes of Local and Regional Authorities, including the ones in rural areas, as well as intermediary cities, as hubs for sustainable and inclusive growth and innovation; urges that the new NDICI also stimulate and finance small-scale projects and further facilitate capacity-strengthening of Local and Regional Authorities;

- Urges the EU legislators to adapt the proposed instruments to further increase strategic support to Local and Regional Authorities and democracy at subnational level;

- Urges that policy objectives specific to the cooperation between the EU and the Neighbourhood should be pursued and achieved, notwithstanding the merger of the previously separate instruments;

- Strongly advises that Local and Regional Authorities should be given a specific, separate programme with an earmarked budget in development cooperation, as well as be taken into account throughout programming as beneficiaries.

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Meeting with European Commission (NEAR and DEVCO)

CoR rapporteur Hans Janssen met lead services on NDICI from the European Commission's directorates-general for International Cooperation and Development as well as European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

 
11 Oct
 

4th meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Territorial Development of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM)

CoR rapporteur Hans Janssen presented the gist of his forthcoming draft opinion at a session on "The long-term EU budget 2021-2027 (MFF) and its impact for local and regional authorities in Euro-Mediterranean cooperation". He discussed the proposed NDICI instrument with ARLEM members.

 
11 Oct
 

Meeting with EESC rapporteur on NDICI

CoR rapporteur Hans Janssen met with EESC rapporteur (on NDICI) Cristian Pîrvulescu.

 
09 Oct
 

EP hearing

CoR rapporteur Hans Janssen presented the point of view of European local and regional authorities in the European Parliament's public hearing on "Development, neighbourhood and international cooperation in the new Multi-Annual Financial Framework".

 
09 Oct
 

8th annual meeting of the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities (CORLEAP), Kyiv

CoR rapporteur Hans Janssen presented the gist of his forthcoming draft opinion at a session on EU financial assistance for LRAs in EaP countries and discussed the proposed NDICI instrument with CORLEAP members.

 
24 Sep
 

20th meeting of the Commission for citizenship, governance, institutional and external affairs (CIVEX), Athens

Exchange of views with CIVEX members

 
20 Sep