The European Union is one of the most prosperous economic zones in the world, but economic and social disparities between its Member States and among its regions are important. Cohesion Policy seeks to strengthen the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the Union. An important first landmark was the publication of the Commission Communication on Cohesion Policy and the Environment in 1995.
For the period 2000-2006, EUR 213 billion was earmarked for the Cohesion Policy for the 15 Member States. In addition, about EUR 22 billion in structural interventions for the new Member States in the period 2004-06, was allocated within the Union’s adjusted financial perspectives. Most of the funding is being spent through multiannual development programmes via the Structural Funds, managed jointly by Commission services, the Member States and regional authorities. These programmes ran until 30.06.2009.
The Cohesion Policy continues as in the past, but with a special focus on meeting the goals of the Renewed Lisbon Strategy. The package of Regulations and the Community Strategic Guidelines were adopted in 2006 with a total budget of €308 billion (2004 prices).
DG Environment's task continues to be ensuring integration of the environment into the Cohesion Policy via the Structural Funds, the Cohesion Fund as well as TENs or interventions from the EIB.
The European Network of Environmental Authorities for the Cohesion Policy (ENEA) has been reactivated, and it brings together experts from environmental administrations, international organisations such as the Regional Environmental Centre, and environmental NGOs such as World Wildlife Fund, Birdlife International and Bankwatch.
1) DATES OF MEETINGS
08.12.2003 - Environmental Capacity Building in new Member
08.09.2004 - ENEA meeting
28.02.2005 - ENEA meeting
12.09.2005 - ENEA meeting
27.02.2006 - ENEA meeting
08-09.06.2006 - ENEA meeting
26-27.10.2006 - ENEA meeting
Agenda, For all available presentations please see: http://www.reteambientale.it/eng/novita/rete_nazionale_eu.asp
2) WORKING GROUPS
3) IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
4) IMPORTANTS LINKS