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Committee on Regional Development – 7th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

WORKSHOP: Brussels, 25 January 2018, 9:45-11:30

The 7th Cohesion Report was published by the European Commission in October 2018. REGI decided to draw up an own-initiative report, and Mr Marc JOULAUD (EPP) has been appointed rapporteur. A workshop, organized by the EP’s Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies was held on 25 January 2018. The subjects under discussion focused mainly on two questions, also pointed out in the Cohesion Report, namely:

(1) Where should cohesion policy invest?
(2) What should the investment priorities be?

Experts presented themes such as the middle income trap, urban dimension of cohesion policy and the urban agenda, relations between urban-rural areas, balance between European priorities and territorial needs. Experience from the ground was brought to the debate from both national (Poland) and regional (Île-de-France, France).

The debate that followed the expert presentation revolved, among others, around the potential policy solutions to address the middle income trap and unequal territorial development, the need to better tailoring cohesion policy to territorial needs, the difficulties associated to the complexity of the policy and potential solutions such as a smarter approach to control as well as the lessons learned in relation to the new territorial tools introduced in this programming period.

Workshop proceedings summarizing the expert presentations and the debate with MEPs will soon be available online.

Link to watch video of the event (with multilingual interpretation) – Workshop starts around 09:37

Program of the workshop as announced on the website of the EP’s Committee on Regional Development

Useful background documents:

The revenge of the places that don’t matter (and what to do about it)
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Why Regional Development matters for Europe’s Economic Future
London School of Economics and Political Science; Simona Iammarino, Andrés-Rodríguez-Pose, Michael Storper

Pour une politique de cohésion plus simple et plus efficace au bénéfice de toutes les régions européennes/Towards a simpler and more effective cohesion policy to the benefit of all European regions [not available online]
Position de la Région Ile-de-France sur l’avenir de la politique de cohésion post-2020/ Ile-de-France Region and the future of cohesion policy post-2020 Région île-de-France

Towards Cohesion Policy 4.0: Structural Transformation and Inclusive Growth
Regional Studies Association; John Bachtler, Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Peter Wostner, Piotr Żuber

Link to the 7th Cohesion report


1 Comment

Iskra Mihaylova, Chair of the Committee on Regional Development, welcomes new blog – Research4Committees · February 9, 2018 at 8:50 am

[…] development. This work by the Policy Department is a key support for us. Recent examples include the Workshop on the 7th Cohesion Report,  public-private partnerships in cohesion policy, and cohesion policy and the Paris Agreement […]

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