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Parliamentary questions
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11 May 2020
Question for written answer E-002880/2020/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tomasz Piotr Poręba (ECR)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Action taken by the Commission on the initiative to establish a macro-regional strategy for the Carpathian region

At its 137th plenary session on 4 and 5 December 2019, the Committee of the Regions adopted an opinion on a ‘Macro-regional strategy for the Carpathian region’ (COTER-VI/057, OJ C 79, 10.3.2020, p. 13), in which it called on the Commission to support the initiative to establish a new macro-regional strategy, focusing on the second-largest mountain area on the European continent, namely the Carpathians. 

That opinion is the clear voice of the representatives of local and regional authorities, who point to the need to create a strategy to support the development of the Carpathian macro-region, which is strategically important for the EU as a whole. At the same time, it opens discussions at the level of the EU institutions on the establishment of a macro-regional strategy for the Carpathian area, which is particularly important in the context of the work on the new multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027.

In view of the growing role of territorial cooperation, the inclusion of the Carpathian regions and states in a joint strategy provides an opportunity to jointly plan and carry out activities tailored to the specific needs and possibilities of this macro-region.

What action is the Commission taking in connection with this initiative, given that the Carpathian macro-region encompasses a large number of regions with the lowest level of economic development in the EU, which, given the risk of an economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, may constitute a lasting barrier to development in the region and increase the divergence between Europe’s regions?


Original language of question: PL
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