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Effectively engaging LRAs in the preparation of the Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes for the 2021-2027 period

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Opinion Number: CDR 2505/2021
Rapporteur: DROBA Juraj
Commission: COTER
Status: Adopted
Date: 14/10/2021
 
The involvement of local and regional authorities in the preparation of the Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes, in line with the principles of partnership and multilevel governance, is a key prerequisite to ensure a place-based approach in cohesion policy programming.
As the Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes will define the funding opportunities for the next 7 years, it is crucial that local and regional authorities are effectively involved in their preparation and later in their implementation.
Taking into account the evidence brought forward by the CoR study on the matter (https://cor.europa.eu/en/engage/studies/Documents/Partnership_2021.pdf), the opinion aims at assessing and politically commenting on the involvement of local and regional authorities in the ongoing programming exercise for the 2021-2027 period, and at putting forward recommendations for enhancing their engagement.
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