Today at 18.30 the European Parliament hearing of the European Commissioner
designated for Cohesion and Reform, Elisa Ferreira, will be an important
opportunity to make our voice heard and to make it clear that the EU can
deliver on its promises only with a strong cohesion policy. (
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The Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU is working to find a
compromise among Member States on the new long term EU budget but –
according to diplomatic sources - the outcome might put cohesion policy
2021-2027 at risk by sharpening the 10% cut proposed by the European
Commission in 2018.
A strong mobilisation is needed at national and at EU level to make sure
that the Finnish Presidency's "negotiating box" on the new budget does not
undermine our chances to deliver on the cohesion goals.
In the new Commission mandate, cohesion policy has been coupled with
reforms in the portfolio of Elisa Ferreira. This move might be an
opportunity to harmonise and integrate EU regions' and cities' efforts to
reduce disparities and boost inclusive and sustainable growth with national
governments' reform plans. But it also implies a risk of centralisation and
marginalisation of cohesion "core" objectives, in favour of centrally
managed economic and financial policies. All partners are therefore invited
to carefully follow the work to finalise the shaping of cohesion policy
2021-2027 and in particular the relations between the funds under cohesion
policy, the coordination of macroeconomic policies under the European
Semester and the shaping of national reform plans.
European Week of Regions and Cities
European Week of Regions and Cities
is kicking off on 7 October. Over 600 politicians from all across the EU,
alongside 7000 participants, will take part to around 140 debates and
events dedicated to regional development. The full programme is
. Many sessions will be web-streamed, heavy social media coverage is
foreseen, providing a precious opportunity to promote our messages among
practitioners and key decision makers. Let's keep #EUregionsweek in our
tweets and spread the Alliance values!
Six ways to take action!
1. Send us a video statement of max 1 minute explaining
why we need a strong EU cohesion policy, what it means for your community
and what you expect for the future. Videos can be sent to
2. Share your projects: Tweet or publish on Facebook or
Instagram a picture from a project supported by EU cohesion funds showing
the impact. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CohesionAlliance.
3. Hold an event in your community:
if you need support to organise an event on EU cohesion policy, if you need
materials in your language, speakers etc.
4. Join the Petition:
help us promote the
. It takes seconds to join and every signature counts
5. Let people know:
we are developing material for partners which are being made available in
(under "Materials for Partners"). Meanwhile:
- #CohesionAlliance web banner can be downloaded
- #CohesionAlliance statement of principles is available in all languages
homepage (you have just to select the relevant language on top right).
6. Share your view:
many partners have already shared
on cohesion policy. Get in touch, share your ideas.
Cohesion Policy: news and events
In the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities:
: Annual joint meeting of the EP REGI committee and the CoR COTER
Europe in 2030: towns and regions leaving no one behind
UDN - How will the EU support Sustainable Urban Development in
2021-2027 Cohesion Policy?
Strategic planning co-design and participatory agenda setting in
R&I: Regions engaging in Horizon Europe
The SDG Voluntary Local Reviews. Methods, data, and experiences
Europe closer to citizens of islands, mountains and sparsely populated
Cities and regions towards sustainable solutions for energy transition
Medium-sized cities as drivers of a greener Europe
UDN - European Urban Initiative of Cohesion Policy 2021-2027- what is
the way forward?
European Pillar of Social Rights as a framework for a sustainable
Adoption of the CoR resolution on the Developments in the
Interinstitutional negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework for
2021-2027 and the opinions on "Recommendations for the successful design of
regional development strategies beyond 2020", "Better communication for
Cohesion Policy" and "The CoR’s contribution to the renewed Territorial
Agenda with special emphasis on Community-Led Local Development" at the
Plenary Session of the European Committee of the Regions
General Affairs Council will discuss the current state of play in
negotiations on the long-term EU budget for 2021-2027 in view of the
upcoming European council meeting
17 – 18 October:
European Council meeting: Leaders will discuss the long-term EU budget for
2021-2027 on the basis of the work of Finland's presidency
CoR COTER commission meeting: Adoption of the opinion on "The challenges of
metropolitan regions and their position in the future cohesion policy post
1 November: Expected start of the new Commission (tbc)
The informal meeting of the Structural Measures Working Party (SMWP) will
discuss regulation proposals on cohesion policy for 2021–2027.
Also thanks to the Cohesion Alliance media actions, international media
have broadly reported about possible cuts to cohesion policy in the new
long term EU budget. A few days ago,
reported on the negotiations among Member States mentioning to the link
between a strong cohesion policy and the new Commission's priorities. In
provided a similar point of view, quoting the President of the European
Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz.
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