18 lipca 2019

The South Poland House fully supports #CohesionAlliance

The #CohesionAlliance is a coalition of those who believe that EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU's future. The Alliance was set up through cooperation between the leading European associations of cities and regions and the European Committee of the Regions. It demands that the EU budget after 2020 renders cohesion policy stronger, more effective, visible and available for every region in the European Union.  

Unfortunately, budgetary cuts and centralisation are envisaged and they risk weakening the capacity of 2021-27 European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds to diminish gaps and ensure sustainable and inclusive growth across the EU.

During a debate with newly appointed members of the European Parliament, held at the European Committee of the Regions on 10 July, the vice-president of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and chair of the Committee of the Regions’s Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER), Isabelle Boudineau (PES/FR) said that it was necessary to strengthen Europe's cohesion policy and that the #CohesionAlliance has managed to secure important victories such as safeguarding cohesion policy for all European regions.

Karl-Heinz Lambertz, the president of the Committee of the Regions stressed that: “together, we need to protect and improve [cohesion] policy, and avoid it being used as a cash reserve to fit in with last minute backroom deals on the future EU budget”. 

The South Poland House Regions share the views of the #CohesionAlliance and are committed to securing EU's cohesion policy in its version that will best serve the inhabitants of the regions.

Currently worth one third of the EU budget, the EU's cohesion policy reduces regional disparities, creates jobs, opens new business opportunities and addresses essential global issues such as climate change and migration.