We’re proud to announce that EURADA has published its position paper on the cohesion policy.

As you already know, EURADA signed up to the Cohesion Alliance declaration at the end of February and our newest position paper continues our contribution to the ongoing debate. While cohesion policy’s future is still being considered and with DG REGIO’s public consultation now closed, we hope that our paper formalises our position and our recommendations for cohesion policy’s future post-2020.

Read it here.

 

 

What we have said:

EURADA’s position paper highlights cohesion policy as not only a financial issue dependent on the future of the European Multiannual Financial Framework, but as a means for interregional cooperation. In this respect, cohesion policy aids Europe socially and economically to reach its full potential. What really makes it a strong policy, however, is that it also receives significant input from actors who implement policy.

From a DG REGIO case study of the Baltic States, we can observe that cohesion has worked well during the current programming period as it has provided the necessary steps for increased growth in GDP (higher than expected). We also know that cohesion policy during the previous programming period has had a good impact on business growth with over 400 000 SMEs and 121 400 start-ups receiving financial assistance.

For regional development practitioners, RIS3 under the current programming period has enabled the tailoring of support to regions’ strengths and potential.

We would like to see the continuation and advancement of the success that we have outlined above. EURADA’s recommendations for the future cohesion policy:

– any reduction to the budget should be minimized.

– a flexible approach for future regulations and one which is results orientated.

– SMEs should be central to considerations.

 

As always, EURADA invites your comments and feedback on this paper.