Работни групи


Workshop on the 7th Cohesion Report

REGI
European Parliament, Brussels, room PHS - P1A002
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On Thursday, 25 January 2018 at 9:45, the REGI Committee will hold a Workshop on the 7th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion. The 7th Cohesion Report was published by the Commission beginning of October 2017 and it is a key document in the context of the upcoming reform of the European Union Cohesion Policy for the next programming period. REGI also decided to draw up an initiative report, in order to deliver Parliament's position ahead of this reform (Rapp. Mr Joulaud (EPP)).

This time, in the course of a workshop organised by the Policy Department, the committee will have the opportunity to listen to different invited experts.

The subjects under discussion focus mainly on two questions, also pointed out in the Commission's communication, namely: (1) Where should cohesion policy invest? (2) What should the investment priorities be?

The experts will explore several pertinent questions about the future development path of different EU territories, presenting themes such as the middle income trap, urban dimension of cohesion policy and urban agenda, relations between urban-rural areas, as well as the balance between European priorities and territorial needs. Experience from the ground (both national and regional level) will put theory into a more practical perspective, including the difficulties associated to the complexity of the policy and the lessons learned in relation to the new territorial tools introduced in this programming period.


Workshop on EU macro-regional strategies

REGI
European Parliament, JAN 4Q2, Brussels
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On 12 July 2017 the REGI Committee held a Workshop on EU macro-regional strategies.

Macro-regional strategies provide a platform for cooperation between EU Member States as well as with third countries in order to address common challenges. Currently, four such strategies are up and running in Europe: Baltic Sea, Danube, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine. This concept of cooperation is based on the "three-no's" principle: no new funding, no new structures and no new legislation. At the moment, 19 Member States and 8 non-EU countries are participating in the existing macro-regional strategies.


Workshop on Cohesion Policy and Climate Change

REGI
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This workshop scrutinizes how ESI Funds have contributed to tackle climate related challenges and at the same time provides input to ongoing work (initiative report) in REGI that analyses the role of cities and regions in this context. A study on "Cohesion policy and Paris Agreement targets" has been commissioned and will be presented during the workshop. The speakers come from the Un-Habitat, the European Environmental Agency and the Managing Authority of a transnational cooperation programme.

Cohesion policy clearly has had a role to play in tackling climate change (e.g. support to energy efficiency and renewable energy resources, research and development, sustainable urban mobility, etc.), and this aspect has been reinforced in policy architecture during the 2014-20 programming period (horizontal principle of sustainable development and the methodology to track support for climate change objectives, as laid down in article 8 of the Common Provisions Regulation; and thematic concentration rules together with provisions in the Common Strategic Framework). Addressing the climate challenge is also a reoccurring theme in the urban dimension of cohesion policy (due to the important role played by cities and urban areas in this context).


Workshop on Technical Assistance in Cohesion Policy

REGI
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This in-depth analysis, requested by the European Parliament’s REGI Committee, focuses on technical assistance (TA) activities at the initiative of the Commission (EC) (Article 58 of the Common Provision Regulation or CPR ) and aims to shed some light on the historical background of its principles and implementation, as well as on the current relationship with the management of TA activities when a Member State is facing temporary budgetary difficulties (Article 25 of the CPR).

At the time of writing, the Commission has presented a proposal concerning a new 'TA programme' (i.e. the Structural Reform Support Programme), and this analysis also provides some preliminary considerations of this initiative, especially as regards the amendment of Article 25 of the CPR and the transfer of TA resources.


Workshop on Building blocks of a future EU cohesion policy - first reflections

REGI
Paul-Henri Spaak, room PHS 1A002 (1st floor), European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium
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On Tuesday, 24 January 2017, the workshop on “Building blocks of a future EU cohesion policy - first reflections” took place during the REGI committee meeting. It was linked to an ongoing REGI own-initiative report about the post 2020 cohesion policy whose rapporteur is Ms Kerstin Westphal (S&D). The aim of this workshop was to provide input to the Committee on Regional development and to the Rapporteur and to trigger reflections about the next generation of cohesion policy.

The workshop was opened by Ms Constanze Krehl on behalf of Ms Kerstin Westphal, rapporteur of the own-initiative report on "Building blocks of a future EU cohesion policy".

The invited researchers tackled a wide range of topics linked to broader strategic directions of the future policy, (new) challenges, assessment of the alignment with economic governance processes (relevant country-specific recommendations), integrated approach in practice and finally, the role of the policy in addressing social challenges.

Both DG REGIO and DG EMPL representatives joined the debate, where the European Commission was invited to outline its work and next steps in preparation of the future legislative proposals. After those presentations the Members of the REGI Committee had the possibility to discuss these issues.

This workshop was organised by the Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies upon request of the Committee on Regional Development.


Workshop on Ex-Ante Conditionalities in Cohesion Policies

REGI
Altiero Spinelli, room A3E-2 (3rd floor), European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium
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On Tuesday, 29 November 2016, the Workshop on Ex-ante conditionalities in Cohesion Policies took place at the REGI Committee meeting. It addressed the Ex-ante conditionalities (EACs) that could be defined as the key prerequisite for efficient drawing of funds from the ESI Funds. EACs were directly linked to ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of the five ESI funds.

The Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) clearly states that where the fulfilment of EACs is not perceived by the Commission as sufficient, this may lead to non-payment or suspension of interim payments to the programme part concerned.

It is an option and not an obligation for the Commission to suspend interim payments. Significant fulfilment of ex-ante conditionalities and, where applicable, the schedule of their implementation is part of the Partnership Agreement and individual programmes.

The Workshop on Ex-Ante Conditionalities in Cohesion Policies was opened by REGI Chair Ms Iskra Mihaylova and featured two external experts, DG REGIO representative and one national expert in charge of PA, evaluation and EACs. The presentations were followed by a debate with the Members of the REGI committee.


Workshop on Simplification in Cohesion Policy

REGI
Altiero Spinelli, room A1G-3 (1st floor), European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium
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Poster for the Workshop on Simplification in Cohesion Policy

On 16 March 2016 a Workshop on Simplification took place at the REGI Committee meeting. Three external experts provided an insight into three key areas of Cohesion Policy with potential for simplification: the simplified cost options, e-cohesion and the area of audit. Two representatives from Managing Authorities provided their views on the opportunities and challenges for simplification, before the Commission would got the opportunity to react to all of these interventions.


Workshop on Financial Instruments

REGI
Altiero Spinelli, room A1G-3, European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium
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On 1 December 2015 a Workshop on Finacial Instruments in Cohesion Policy took place at the REGI Committee meeting. The REGI Workshop featured four experts and provided an insight into the opportunities and challenges of the use of Financial Instruments in Cohesion Policy, including experiences from Member States and investments in the context of urban development.


Workshop on Territorial Governance and Cohesion Policy

REGI
József Antall, room 2Q2, European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium
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The Committee on Regional Development (REGI) organised a Workshop entitled "Territorial Governance and Cohesion Policy" during its meeting on 13 July 2015.