… Yet more clarity is needed for investments supporting cohesion policy

A Reaction to the MFF post 2020 communication

The European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) today welcomed the results focused approach to the EU’s long-term budget, which seeks to answer needs on the ground and provide greater European added value based on the subsidiarity principle.

Responding to the proposals today, Michael Schneider, President of the EPP Group in the CoR, said:

We welcome the new chapter in the budget entitled ‘Cohesion and Values’ and will oppose any possible reduction or centralisation of funds that affects investments in our regions and cities. The Cohesion Alliance will stay alert on this matter. The EPP-CoR Group will be counting on Nikola Dobroslavić in his capacity as the CoR rapporteur on this file, to bring the regional and local authorities’ views to the table.

Investing where it matters most

Nearly two thirds of the EU budget impacts regional and local authorities” underlined Nikola Dobroslavić, President of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region. “While welcoming the new chapters of the budget, we also want to look into how it responds to citizens’ expectations in terms of security, prosperity, boosting innovation and empowering youth. This is the foundation to ensuring a bright future for all Europeans.”

As the CoR rapporteur, President Dobroslavić commits to assessing both the positive and negative impacts of this budget proposal:

The current proposal goes in the right direction, but this is just the start of a very long negotiating process. We hope it will be finalised in time for spending to begin on 1 January 2021. The success of the EU’s new priorities also depends on the ability of regions and cities to invest where it matters most and in the spirit of EU added value

Following the adoption of the MFF proposals by the European Commission today, Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger has accepted an invitation to address the CoR Plenary on 16 May and to hear the voice of Europe’s regions and cities.

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