#Cohesion Alliance conference
"Together for a strong Cohesion policy 2021-2027"
Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 15:30-18:00
European Committee of the Regions
Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels
Room JDE 62
followed by a networking reception in Atrium 6
Cohesion policy is the key European instrument for promoting economic, social and territorial cohesion within the European Union and is one of the most visible EU policies at local and regional level, demonstrating the benefits of Europe to its citizens. In light of the discussion on the future of cohesion policy after 2020, the leading European associations of cities and regions and the European Committee of the Regions launched in October 2017 the #CohesionAlliance, a growing coalition of more than 450 institutional partners and more than 11.000 individual supporters, who believe that cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU's future. The alliance demands that the EU budget after 2020 makes cohesion policy stronger, more effective, visible and available for every region in the European Union.
One year after the presentation of the cohesion policy legislative proposals for the years 2021-2027 by the European Commission, the European Parliament has finalised its position at first reading on the matter just before the end of the Parliamentary term and the Council has agreed on partial negotiating mandates on most parts of the legislative package. The negotiations on the various dossiers will resume in autumn 2019, under a new European Parliament and with a new Commission.
Against this background, the conference will bring together representatives from the wide range of #CohesionAlliance partners, in order to take stock of the achievements so far and to send a strong message to the upcoming European Commission, the new Parliament and the Council on the importance of a strong cohesion policy for the future of the European Union and on the necessity to shape the future cohesion policy in a genuine partnership with all relevant partners.