Cohesion Alliance


What is the Alliance?


Currently worth one third of the EU budget, the EU's cohesion policy reduces regional disparities, creates jobs, opens new business opportunities and addresses major global issues such as climate change and migration.
The #CohesionAlliance is a coalition of those who believe that EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU's future. The Alliance was created through cooperation between the leading European associations of cities and regions and the European Committee of the Regions. It demands that the EU budget after 2020 makes cohesion policy stronger, more effective, visible and available for every region in the European Union.  
From national, regional and local governments to SMEs, NGOs, schools, universities, cultural organisations, anyone who believes in EU cohesion policy is welcome to join the #CohesionAlliance.




Join us

Click here to obtain the #CohesionAlliance statement of principles and to sign up (with your name, the name of your organisation and a contact e-mail).

The principles were drawn up through partnership between the territorial associations and the European Committee of the Regions.
Individuals, organisations and politicians are invited to sign up!

Below you will also find important reports and position papers on the future of cohesion policy.

See it

​Here you will find case studies and success stories from cohesion policy.

Each features a real person or company and is introduced by a regional or local politician.

Take action
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: contact us 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 online petition which already has more than 3000 supporters. It takes seconds to join and every signature counts
5. Let people know: we are developing material for partners which are being made available online under "Materials for Partners" including:
  • #CohesionAlliance web banner can be downloaded here
  • #CohesionAlliance statement of principles is available in all languages on the alliance website homepage (you have just to select the relevant language on top right).
6. Share your view: many partners have already shared their positions on cohesion policy. Get in touch, share your ideas.

Support it
Material for partners