At the COTER (territorial cohesion and EU budget) commission meeting on the 24 October 2018, the opinion of Michael Schneider, EPP-CoR President and Catiuscia Marini, PES-CoR President, on the regulatory framework for Cohesion Policy 2021-2027, e.g. Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) was unanimously adopted. This is the response of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) to the European Commission (EC) draft legislative proposal published on 29-30 May.

I am pleased to see that our opinion was adopted with 100% support of the COTER members, which demonstrates a strong unity within Europe’s cities and regions and CohesionAlliance partners for a better and more effective Cohesion Policy that brings concrete results to EU citizens. Today’s unanimous vote on the CPR gives the CoR a strong voice in view of the upcoming negotiations and vote in the European Parliament’s REGI committee on the CPR.” said Michael Schneider immediately after the adoption of the opinion.

With a budget of €330 billion in commitments for 2021-2027, the future Cohesion Policy will remain the key European instrument to ensure the promotion of economic, social and territorial cohesion within the European Union.

Co-rapporteurs Michael Schneider, EPP-CoR President and Catiuscia Marini, PES-CoR President want to strengthen the shared management approach by bolstering local and regional authorities’ roles in managing programmes as closely as possible to citizens in line with the principles of subsidiarity, multi-level governance and partnership. In turn, they will oppose any centralisation of funds because this would harm investment in regions and cities.

The co-rapporteurs underlined that particular attention shall be paid to rural areas, affected by industrial transition, and regions which suffer from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps. They also call for the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) to be reintroduced into the CPR.

The co-rapporteurs also expressed their support for higher co-financing rates for three categories of regions (less-developed regions, transition regions, more developed regions) as initially proposed by the EC.

If we look at the achievements of Cohesion Policy, we can proudly say that it has contributed enormously to the peace, prosperity and security of our regions and cities across the EU. The CoR, by its nature, as the voice of the regions and cities in the EU commits a great attention to Cohesion Policy” concluded Michael Schneider.

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