The CPMR Working Group on Cohesion policy met in Brussels in September to prepare its position paper on the principles of the future Cohesion policy.

Peter Berkowitz, Head of Unit at DG REGIO, provided participants with an update on developments concerning post-2020 Cohesion Policy included in the mid-term review of the EU Budget, currently under discussion in the Council of the EU.

Peter Berkowitz, Head of Unit at DG REGIO and Nick Brookes

Peter Berkowitz, Head of Unit at DG REGIO and Nick Brookes

Mr Berkowitz underlined the main elements of the proposal affecting Cohesion policy: migration (an investment priority on migration was created), the youth employment initiative, the simplification of financial regulations (including the implementation of structural funds), and measures to make the EU budget more flexible

He also provided an update on the state-of-play of the European Commission’s reflection on the future of Cohesion policy. The four most important elements currently being studied at DG REGIO are: simplification, performance, flexibility and the link with the EU Economic Governance.

During the meeting, CPMR members discussed the draft position paper on post-2020 Cohesion policy, which is to be adopted at the next CPMR’s General Assembly on 3-4 November at the Azores, Portugal.

The provisional timetable for post-2020 Cohesion policy is as follows:

Spring 2017: Adoption of Mid-term review of the EU Budget

Spring 2017: Impact assessment and public consultation on post-2020 Cohesion policy

May 2017: Cohesion Forum

End 2017: post-2020 EU Budget proposal

Early 2018: Cohesion policy legislative package

For a more detailed account of the Core group meeting, please contact Nicolas Brookes, CPMR Director for Cohesion Policy.