Opinion Factsheet  

Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions

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Opinion Number: CDR 6119/2017
Group: EPP (European People's Party)
Commission: COTER
Status: Adopted
Date: 04/07/2018
 
underline the importance of establishing territorial strategies to guide investments in an integrated and coordinated way
emphasise the role of Macro-Regional Strategies as an “established bottom-up and place-based instrument
highlight the importance and usefulness of the INTERACT, INTERREG Europe and ESPON
because cohesion policy's Common Provisions Regulation and the existing ETC-specific regulation do not sufficiently take into account the specificities of ETC, the CoR requests:
Option a) that in the upcoming programming period ETC be treated separately from the cohesion policy legislative package, or,
Option b) that the territorial specificities of ETC programmes be better taken into account in the next programming period.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

- believes that the EU's financial support to European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) initiatives should be significantly increased in the next MFF;

- stresses that the benefits of ETC are not only the projects itself but also the fact that a range of bodies at regional and local level including public authorities work together in common programmes and projects;

- underlines the importance of establishing territorial strategies to guide investments in an integrated and coordinated way;

- underlines that the co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council, (…) should systematically consider the territorial impact in their negotiations on legislative proposals;

- calls for mutual recognition of certificates, diploma and vocational training to be strengthened;

- requests that that the territorial specificities of ETC programmes be better taken into account in the next programming period;

- underlines that cross-border cooperation suffers from a lack of available data and issues concerning the comparability of existing data due to different data-gathering methodologies and different legislation applied;

- regrets that many of the benefits and successes of ETC are untold because evaluation systems in cohesion policy and beyond are too narrow.