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EU Cohesion Policy is helping to weather the crisis and produce growth, says Commission 2013 Strategic Report

(18 April 2013)

EU Cohesion Policy is helping to weather the crisis and produce growth, says Commission 2013 Strategic Report

The European Commission has today presented an overview of how EU Structural Funds are working in Member States. The ‘Strategic Report’ on the implementation of 2007-2013 Cohesion Policy programmes pulls together available information from Member States, up to end-2011 in most cases. With 4 more years to go until the programmes finish in 2015, investments under the European Regional Development Fund, Cohesion Fund and European Social Fund have already led to progress and improvement for many citizens.

Commenting on the report, Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn said: "This report provides an invaluable snapshot of a policy that is delivering across most of the EU’s priorities and investing in growth when it is most desperately needed. We are providing support to new innovative business and creating good sustainable jobs for the future, giving remote regions broadband, tackling the brain drain, and building vital transport links that contribute to regions' competitiveness. The policy has also shown itself capable of great flexibility, responding to the crisis and adapting to the changing needs of people and their communities."

He added: "But we also have lessons to learn: results are sometimes patchy and Member States need to speed up their efforts to use the EU resources. As we look ahead to the new programming period, we expect Member States and regions to focus the policy even more on results and priorities that will have the greatest impact."

The “Strategic Report” outlines the progress of each country on delivering EU objectives, in line with the targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy. It encourages Member States to measure progress in key strategic sectors, such as research and innovation, rail, energy, capacity building, sustainable urban transport, job creation and training.

 

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