Setting the scene
Building on AER’s role in advocating for a strong cohesion policy, and following the adoption of a position paper on the future of cohesion policy post 2020 at the Bureau meeting in Sankt Pölten, Lower Austria (AT) on 1 June 2017, AER will continue to convene and deliver joint policy influencing work for the future cohesion policy.
Description of the action
AER will continue to build its role as an interlocutor for the added value and impact of this investment policy in European regions by:
- Holding regular debates on cohesion policy among members and between members and relevant stakeholders, such as the "Cohesion Policy: are you getting anything out of it?" debate during the AER Committees’ Autumn Plenary Meeting in Nancy on 12 September.
- Gathering facts and figures on cohesion investments results and impact for a evidence-based advocacy.
- Disseminating the AER position on future cohesion policy to key stakeholders and decision-makers in-country (in coordination with member regions) and in Brussels.
- Working together with other European associations of regions, municipalities and cities and the Committee of the Regions to generate broader support for regions interests and policy proposals, including #CohesionAlliance created to demand that the EU budget after 2020 makes cohesion policy stronger, more effective, visible and available for every region in the European Union.
The Task Force on Cohesion Policy post 2020 will continue to support the work of AER in this field, providing strategic direction and oversight.
These actions aim to ensure European regions engage in the future cohesion policy discussions at regional, national and European level, and meaningfully contribute to the design and implementation of a stronger and more effective reformed policy.
Call to action
What we need from you is to join this advocacy work to defend a strong cohesion policy for all regions after 2020 and in the run-up to the European Commission proposal for a post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and renewed cohesion policy in May 2018:
- Reach out to national policy-makers to influence the discussions and conclusions on cohesion policy and as well as on the next MFF.
- Contact Members of the European Parliament to influence EP reports on cohesion policy and position on the next MFF.
- Mobilise regional EU Offices to influence at EU level, notably by reaching out to Permanent Representations.
- Contribute to the Committee of the Regions opinions.
- Support the Alliance for a Strong and Effective EU Cohesion Policy Beyond 2020, led by the Committee of the Regions in partnership with European networks of local and regional authorities.
Why is the action important for the regions?
Cohesion policy represents a key investment in the social, economic and territorial development in EU regions. The current debate on the post-2020 – where this is all under threat – is therefore central for regional authorities and a major opportunity for them to shape a future cohesion policy that is able to deliver on the sustainable and inclusive development of European regions.
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- Institutional Relations
- Bureau and Task Forces Coordination
- Observatory on Regionalisation
Activity Status: Ongoing
Topic: Cohesion policy Economy & Regional development
Type of activity: Advocacy and Lobbying
Organiser: AER Committee 1 for Economy & Regional development
Organised with: Flevoland
Venue: To be confirmed