The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) has carried out a study to forecast the eligibility of the regions in Cohesion policy, based on the latest Regional GDP statistics.

It shows that the ‘Cohesion for all regions’ scenario, proposed in the European Commission’s Communication on the future EU budget on 14 February, would be of particular benefit to several net contributing Member States to the EU Budget.

The CPMR’s map projection, using regional GDP statistics for 2014, 2015 and 2016confirms the rise of regional disparities in Europe, both across European regions, but also within Member States. Many Southern EU Member States are falling further behind, particularly Spain and Greece.

According to CPMR projections, the ‘Cohesion for all regions’ scenario would mean all Finnish regions but one would fall into the transition regions category, and all but two French mainland regions would be considered in transition.

Germany would have additional regions as transition regions, totalling eight regions in that category, and other net contributing countries such as the Netherlands (three regions), Italy (one region), Austria (one region) and Belgium (one region) would also stand to gain from such a scenario.

CPMR Secretary General, Eleni Marianou, said: “As the debate continues on whether Cohesion policy should cover all regions, along with potential cuts to its budget after 2020, these statistics largely support the growing evidence of the need for a stronger place-based approach within all EU policies, and a strong Cohesion Policy to address rising regional disparities and the rise of ‘middle-income regions”.