AER’s tips to influence: Towards a stronger and more effective Cohesion Policy beyond 2020
Over the next few weeks, we will be offering small and big tips on how to approach and create a dialogue with your local and regional politicians to raise awareness on the needs of a strong more effective cohesion policy post-2020.
This week’s tip.
Reach out to national policy-makers, including Ministers responsible for Cohesion Policy and Budget to present their/AER/Cohesion Alliance positions. Advocacy must be tailored to the decision-maker they are communicating with. And the message must be shaped in a way that reflects the specific situation and interests of the region. Gathering some evidence (fact and figures) will help make our case stronger. The Eurostat data on cohesion policy and the Eurobarometer – citizens’ awareness and perceptions of EU regional policy can be useful sources of evidence.