With his term in office drawing to a close, Commissioner Paweł Samecki has presented an orientation paper on the future cohesion policy. The paper looks at the goals that cohesion policy should pursue to meet the challenges of the 21st century, with Europe' regions as essential actors in providing responses to these challenges. It argues that the policy should continue to focus on addressing market failures and ensure that regions make full use of their development potential in the context of European economic integration. It also looks at ways in which future cohesion policy can become more focused on performance and results and how to simplify its delivery.
Finally, the paper presents an important contribution on the debate launched earlier this year on the rationale, goals and delivery system of European cohesion policy. This reflection process on the future cohesion policy takes place in an evolving European policy context and is one where the policy's stakeholders play an important role.
The fourth and final meeting of the year between the Commission's Regional Policy's department (DG REGIO) and representatives from regional offices in Brussels took place on 18 December. EU Regional Policy Commissioner Paweł Samecki presented his orientation paper. This was be followed by an open floor discussion. This event was webstreamed.