Plans to prolong a 10% increase in the EU contribution towards project costs in Greece until 30 June of the year following the end of its economic adjustment programme were approved by Regional Development Committee MEPs on Tuesday. MEPs also approved a special provision whereby the EU would pay up to 85% of project costs in Cyprus until the current programming period ends in 2020. (Read more)
Suspending EU structural funding for Spain and Portugal would be counter-productive, because it would harm their most vulnerable citizens and regions, a vast majority of MEPs warned the EU Commission at a “structured dialogue” hearing yesterday. The suspension had been proposed under EU Stability and Growth Pact rules, because Spain and Portugal had run up excessive deficits. (Read more)
Welcome to the website of the Committee on Regional Development (REGI), of which I am the Chair.
The REGI Committee is responsible within the European Parliament for the Union’s regional development and cohesion policy, as set out in the Treaties: it has 43 members. The Chair is responsible for the management of all aspects of the Committee's work: she is supported by four Vice-Chairs.
The Committee works closely with the Council, the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, inter-regional cooperation organisations, local and regional authorities, to shape the legislative framework for regional development and cohesion policy, including the urban dimension. Cohesion funding is a powerful investment vehicle contributing to employment and growth in Europe. It will be one of the principal instruments available to the Union and to Member States to re-invigorate the European economy in the period 2014-2020 and beyond. Parliamentary support for, and scrutiny of, the implementation of cohesion policy and its overall impact are therefore both important.
There is a clearly-identified role in cohesion policy for cities as vehicles for growth and jobs. This implies involvement at European-level in urban policy making: it makes sense because cohesion policy is one of the main tools for making European cities more competitive.
Finally, it is important to increase the synergy and complementarity of regional policy with other Union policies, in order to ensure the most effective and efficient investment of public money.
Our website is updated regularly and provides information that will help you to follow our work: meeting agendas, live webstreaming of our meetings, all draft reports, opinions, amendments to these, and much more. I hope that you find it useful.
Chair of the Committee on Regional Development