Future Cohesion Policy: development of proposals on INTERREG post 2020

On April 4, the CPMR secretariat organised a working meeting with CPMR Regions to develop the first proposals on the future of Interreg, based on a policy paper drafted by the Dutch provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid Holland and Zeeland.

Key points to be addressed in the next programming period include the architecture of European territorial cooperation, multi-governance and partnership, flexibility, simplification and the impact of Brexit.

These messages will feed in to the CPMR policy position on the post-2020 Cohesion Policy alongside other themes. A very first draft position paper will be up for discussion with CPMR Member Regions at the next CORE group meeting in mid-May before its final adoption by the CPMR Political Bureau on June 22.

Save the date: Conference on European Investments in Islands – Strasbourg, 18 May 2017

Organised by the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SEARICA) Intergroup, this conference will discuss how island territories and outermost regions can make best use of EU investment policies, in particular the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and Cohesion Policy.

This conference will take place during a European Parliament plenary session and will therefore be a great opportunity for the CPMR to raise awareness on the specific needs of maritime and insular regions regarding the future of EU investment policy.

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CPMR contributes to DG REGIO conference on smart specialisation strategies

For the second time, the European Commission is organising a high-level event on smart specialisation strategies (S3) in Helsinki on 1-2 June, bringing together representatives from the European institutions and national and regional authorities from across the EU.

Participants will have the chance to discover success stories of projects, exchange best practices and discuss the future of innovation in the context of the post-2020 Cohesion Policy.

The CPMR secretariat has been invited to speak in one of the sessions to present the perspective of peripheral and maritime regions on smart specialisation strategies.

The conference will take place very shortly after the publication by the European Commission of a communication on smart specialisation strategies, expected in May 2017.