The Councillor of the French Finistère Departmental Council, Nathalie Sarrabezolles (FR/PES), was elected new chair of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). During the meeting, members of the COTER adopted an opinion on the gender dimension of cohesion policy drafted by Donatella Porzi (IT/PES), and debated on cohesion as an overall value of the EU within the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Members of the COTER commission elected
(FR/PES), Councillor of the French Finistère Departmental Council, as their
new chair. Member of the CoR since April 2016, Ms Sarrabezolles succeeds
(FR/PES), who decided to step down after having chaired the COTER
commission for almost three years. Nathalie Sarrabezolles's mandate will
end in July 2022.
After the election, Nathalie Sarrabezolles declared: "
Cohesion Policy was the first policy to provide help when the COVID-19
pandemic hit us. It helped cities and regions in buying face masks and
other protective equipment and became essential to respond to the
emergency. This was important and we need to build on it. The COVID-19
pandemic has affected many people who now need the support of cohesion
policy programmes, so that this crisis does not deepen the social one.
As new COTER Chair I will fight to make sure that the most vulnerable
in our societies are not forgotten and that cohesion policy continues
to stand for Europe's core value – solidarity
During the meeting, members of the COTER adopted
on the gender dimension of structural and cohesion funds 2021-2027, with a
focus on the preparation of the operational programmes. The rapporteur
(IT/PES), Regional Councillor for the Region of Umbria, declared: "
The issue of effective gender equality in the European Union's
development plans is not just a question of civilisation, nor is it
limited to the basic recognition of rights. It is rather a strategic
approach, a choice of area and perspective in relation to the idea of
economic and social development that we want to have. Women are a
resource that our Union cannot neglect, both in the interests of
society and in order to respect principles of fairness and justice.
Today one of the many steps along this path has been taken and I am
very proud of it."
The opinion drafted by Donatella Porzi is scheduled for adoption by the
CoR's Plenary during the 1-3 December session.
The COTER commission discussed the pressing need to decarbonise the road
transport, the deployment of an alternative fuels infrastructure in all
regions (urban, rural, peripheral, islands) while strengthening the CO2
emission performance standards. These topics will be the main focus of an
opinion drafted by rapporteur
(RO/EPP), Mayor of Cugir, which will be finalised in the next months. The
CoR is working to assess the impact that the proposed phasing out of the
internal combustion engine in cars and vans will have on regions with a
strong automotive and supply industry. The rapporteur underlined that "
this transformation of the economic structure and the need for re- and
upskilling in the automotive workforce needs to be addressed in a "Just
Transition Framework" for the automotive regions. In this context, the
CoR should look into a political initiative to support regions most
affected by the changes in the car supply chain."
In addition to that, regional and local leaders debated on the topic
"Cohesion as an Overall Value of the EU within the framework of the
Conference on the Future of Europe" with the participation of
, Member of the
CoR High-level group on European democracy
and former Member of the European Parliament (2004-2019), and Kai Bohme
from Spatial foresight.
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