We are living strategic days for the European budget 2014-1010. The Cohesion Policy went through some substantial changes in line with the Europe 2020 strategy objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The mayor hallmarks of the proposals are: concentrating funding on a smaller number of priorities better linked to the Europe 2020 Strategy, maximizing synergies, focusing on results, monitoring progress towards agreed objectives, increasing the use of conditionalities and simplifying the delivery.
The package also harmonises the rules related to different funds, including rural development and maritime and fisheries, to increase the coherence of EU action. In particular, Territorial Cooperation has become more and more important and its role within the Cohesion Policy has been reinforced.
To ensure the money is spent wisely in the future Cohesion Policy will focus on objectives and results with greater emphasis on evaluation and incentives for effective projects. Communicating the results of EU Cohesion Policy is essential so that excellent projects can be recognized and Europeans can see exactly how their money is being spent.
How will the funds be allocated? 3 categories of regions:
- Less developed regions
- Transition regions
- More developed regions
- a three minute film explains the draft legislative package that will frame cohesion policy for 2014-2020. It shows how the new proposals are designed to reinforce the strategic dimension of the policy and to ensure that EU investment is targeted on Europe's long-term goals for growth and jobs ("Europe 2020"): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnzVm3KsTRQ&feature=plcp&context=C310708aUDOEgsToPDskJlyPSsXBKyHWB_3i-_T1jG
- a six minute film provides an overall view of the European Union’s cohesion policy, real results it has helped achieve in the field and its future prospects: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/videos/video-details.cfm?vid=621