The main objective of cohesion policy is to diminish the gap between different regions, more precisely between less-favoured regions and affluent ones. It is an instrument of financial solidarity and a powerful force for economic integration.
As the new programming period is in its early months, the Assembly of European Regions (AER) is looking into the role that regional authorities play in European politics and in Europe in general in 2014. AER's Regional Expertise Centre has prepared a survey for its member regions on the role of Regions in EU Cohesion Policy and the implementation of the partnership principle.
Reform agenda :
November 2010: The European Commission publishes its 5th report on economic, social and territorial cohesion in Europe
June 2011: EC published its proposals of Multiannual Financial Framework
6 October 2011: The European Commission proposed to the Council and the Parliament a series of framework regulation for all structural funds.
14 March 2012: Publication of the EC Staff working document on the Common Strategic Framework
July 2013: The Council and European Parliament agree on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF)
September 2013: Final adoption by the European Parliament of the MFF
October 2013: Final adoption of the structural funds regulations
2013: Preparation and negotiations of the Operational Program and the Partnership agreements in all EU member states.
2014: Start of the programmes
The Guidebook has been produced by the European Commission and was prepared and written by Johanna Pacevicius Mente and Christina Diegelmann, Assembly of European Regions.