The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) is calling for the European Commission to deliver an ambitious post-2020 EU budget that gives regions the leeway they need to realise the EU’s political vision for Europe’s future.
The CPMR supports the overarching message of the European Parliament report on the future of the EU budget that an ambitious EU requires an ambitious European budget. New own resources should be introduced as a first port of call, failing which the contribution of Member States should be increased.
This is the only way for the EU to support action on new challenges such as security and climate change, while also ensuring that traditional policies, such as Cohesion policy and the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), can continue to address economic, social, environmental and territorial challenges.
This is further supported in the mapping scenarios prepared by the CPMR General Secretariat which matches the options put forward in the European Commission Communication on the future MFF with the Future of Europe White Paper scenarios.
CPMR President, Vasco Cordeiro, said: “We need an ambitious post-2020 EU budget which remains focused on investment, to ensure that Cohesion Policy and CAP can continue to provide European added value, particularly if the EU Treaty objectives are to be fulfilled”.
The CPMR is calling for the European Commission to design a budget that give regions the flexibility they need to tackle increasing regional disparities, in line with their regional development strategies.
CPMR Secretary General, Eleni Marianou, said: “If the post-2020 EU budget is to work for its citizens, it must give regions the leeway they need to tackle regional disparities and boost growth. Shared management programmes, such as those falling under Cohesion Policy, must be at the heart of reforms for a fresh European budget for 2020 and beyond.”
Read the CPMR vision for a post-2020 EU budget.