The CPMR has launched a survey on the current role of its member regions within Cohesion Policy. The aim of the survey is to get a clear picture of the regional responsibilities, powers and levels of involvement, and compare these to the 2007 – 2013 programming period. The survey has been sent to the members of the CPMR Political Bureau and the Islands Commission members and the answer are expected at the beginning of June. Results of the survey will feed in to a study establishing the state of play on the place of regions within Cohesion Policy for the 2014 – 2020 period.
The CPMR has always urged for a stronger role of regions in the management and delivery of Cohesion Policy and will continue to do so in the future. As Europe’s key investment policy, Cohesion Policy relies on strong multilevel governance arrangements with regions at its centre.
The European Commission is expected to publish post-2020 Cohesion Policy early in 2018. In addition, the European Commission will propose a midterm review of the Multi-annual Financial Framework in 2016, an important milestone for the reflection on the future of Cohesion Policy. Cohesion policy in its current form will only continue if European regions mobilise themselves for its survival. It is therefore time to convey a strong CRPM position reasserting the legitimacy and responsibilities of regions with EU Regional Policy.