Cohesion policy is the European Union policy conceived for and applied by the regions, geared towards achieving an economic, social, and regional cohesion in Europe, thanks of course to this policy, but also to financial tools called structural funds, to be extended over a period of 7 years.
The debates and negotiations concerning the upcoming 2014-2020 period are in full swing since the publication, in June 2011, of the proposal for a multi-annual financial framework and, in October 2011, of the draft regulations determining the rules that will reign over cohesion policy. These regulations included common provisions for 5 principal funds: ERDF, ESF, Cohesion Fund, EARDF and EMFF. The general objective of the regulation is to create the conditions for an integrated use of the 5 aforementioned funds such that the common objectives derived from the Europe 2020 Strategy are reached.
The Common Strategic Framework (CSF) translates the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy into possible actions for the 5 funds, which will thus be “matricized” and integrated into a common strategy. An initial working document exposing the contents of the Common Strategic Strategy was published by the European Commission on 14 March 2012.
The Assembly of European Regions hopes to contribute to the debate on the Common Strategic Framework. Our recommendations are founded in 25 years of work experience, follow-up, and dialogue on the European policies most crucial to the regions and for economic, social, and territorial development within the European Union.
The ARE would like to thank, in particular, the regions that brought their support and
ideas during the writing of this document :
- Bekes (H)
- Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén (H)
- Bruxelles-Capitale (B)
- Ile-de-France (F)
- Languedoc-Roussillon (F)
- Madeira (P)
- Ruse (BG)
- Tampere (FIN)
- Tirana (AL)
- Wallonie (B)
- Wielkopoksla (PL)
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