Following the recent publication of the European Commission’s 6th Cohesion Report, the Presidents of Regional associations, together with the President of the Committee of the Regions, met outgoing European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on 18th September 2014, to discuss how to best focus Cohesion Policy, to boost public investment and deliver jobs and growth in the European regions.
During the meeting, Annika Annerby Jansson, President the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions and President of Skåne region (SE) underlined that Cohesion Policy is “a vital component of EU integration” and must remain “an investment policy for all of Europe’s regions” rather than becoming “a redistributive policy between countries”.
The CPMR President also welcomed the innovations introduced for the 2014 – 2020 period and the emphasis on results. “It is essential that we measure the policy not on the basis of how much funding has been spent, but rather on the actual impact on growth and jobs in the regions”, she stated.
Speaking to the President of the EU Commission, Annika Annerby Jansson also referred to the added complexity of this policy, which is often quite difficult for Regional authorities to manage: “Perhaps it would be worth thinking about rewarding regions that are investing structural funds well, by lightening their administrative load in terms of programme management and controls”, she declared.
These elements, amongst others, will be discussed on 25-26 September in Umeå (SE), at the CPMR’s 42nd General Assembly, where peripheral and maritime delegates will present a statement addressing the new European Commission and the recently elected European Parliament.