CoR opinion – referral from the German Presidency
"The role of the EU’s cohesion policy with respect to intelligent and innovative economic change in the regions against the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis"
Mr Michiel RIJSBERMAN (NL/ Renew Europe)
The German Presidency has requested that the European Committee of the Regions provides insight into how cohesion policy could help overcoming the economic crisis resulting from the ongoing pandemic, and promote growth through innovation and economic change.
By means of this written consultation, the CoR rapporteur for this opinion, Mr Michiel Rijsberman, would like to consult relevant stakeholders and gather their input in order to draft the opinion.
Among the following questions, please choose those that are relevant for you:
- What role can cohesion policy play in intelligent and innovative economic change in the regions against the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis?
- Can you give a brief description of your (foreseen) regional strategy for economic growth?
- What are the main challenges for intelligent and innovative economic change post-COVID?
- How to combine cohesion policy with other (national and regional) instruments, for economic change?
- What strategies and strategic approaches, such as smart specialisation, can help to address challenges in the short and long term?
- How can the short-term 'cohesion' measures such as REACT EU be combined with the long-term objectives of cohesion policy for the next programming period?
- What are the lessons learnt from how Member States implement measures for innovative and intelligent economic change?
- What do you think of the proposed timeframe (2 years) for spending 70% of the Recovery and Resilience Facility? Is it appropriate to encourage quick spending?
- How to accelerate and facilitate procedures in Member States for a swift deployment of the recovery support?
- What are the right conditions for the rapid implementation of projects that foster economic change? Could you point key challenges that may slow such implementation?
- Which elements of short-term cohesion measures do we want to keep in the future?
- How do regions feel about the proposed top-down approach of emergency measures and how should we go back to a 'normal' cohesion policy?
- What do you think of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) allocation key proposed by the Commission?
- How to ensure implementation of the key cohesion principles and legal framework (e.g. a place based approach, partnership, thematic concentration, conditionalities) in the short and long term?
- How can PO 1 of the ERDF contribute? Should we shift focus, e.g. on the creation of new value chains?
- How to ensure a smooth transition from short- to long-term cohesion policy?
- Do you think that new measures are necessary to protect the EU budget against irregularities, in particular with regard to ensuring the collection and comparability of information on the final beneficiaries of EU funding for the purposes of control and audit?
- What added value can interregional co-operation provide for intelligent and innovative economic change in the regions?
The draft opinion will be adopted at the COTER meeting on 24 September 2020.
The adoption of the opinion at the CoR Plenary will take place in October 2020.
The rapporteur would be grateful if you could send your comments and/or position papers relevant to the subject until 17 August by email to the CoR COTER secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org.