The CPMR has prepared a new analysis in relation to the future of maritime cooperation for the post-2020 period, linked to ongoing negotiations on the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) regulation for 2021 – 2027.

This analysis brings to the fore two crucial issues for CPMR member regions:

  • Funding for maritime cooperation is set to be lower than the current period
  • The way funding for Component 2B (maritime cooperation) is calculated excludes over half of maritime regions in the calculation.

The paper compares financial resources allocated to maritime cross-border cooperation programmes in the 2014 – 2020 period to those foreseen under Component 2B (maritime cooperation) for 2021 – 2027.

It also compares the logic of the allocation methodology to determine Member States’ shares under Component 2B and the objectives for Component 2B.

In light of the analysis, the paper offers four recommendations to the European Parliament and the Council in relation to the future of maritime cooperation for the post-2020 period:

  • Maritime cross-border cooperation programmes should be maintained within the cross-border cooperation strand (we welcome efforts from the European Parliament and the Austrian Presidency in that respect)
  • Bear in mind the proposed decrease of funding for maritime cooperation, as proposed by the European Commission
  • Pay particular attention to the proposed allocation methodology to calculate the Member States’ shares for Component 2B as part of the negotiations
  • Consider CPMR proposals to increase ERDF resources for ETC to 3.5% of the Cohesion Policy budget and to reflect the ambition of maintaining maritime cross-border within the cross-border strand, particularly when it comes to the allocation methodology and the distribution of resources across all 5 ETC components.

Please contact the CPMR if you would like to request a copy of the analysis.

Ahead of the 30 November meeting of national Ministers responsible for Cohesion Policy, we invite our member regions to use and send this information to your national contacts.