Cohesion Policy supporting rural areas

Seminar - Brussels, 1 October 2009

Agenda of the day

09.00 - 10.00


10.00 - 11.15

1. Opening session

Introductory remarks by Mr Dirk Ahner, Director-General for Regional Policy

Changes between the 2 programming periods (2000-2006 and 2007-2013)

Cohesion Policy and CAP 2nd pillar: two different approaches

Preliminary discussion on the role of Cohesion Policy in favour of rural areas

Coherence and coordination between the EU instruments supporting rural areas:

Mechanisms of coordination implemented for 2007-2013 (DG REGIO)

Messages from the EP Roszkowski report on "Complementarities and coordination of cohesion policy with rural development measures" (EP, Jan Olbrycht.)


11.15 - 12.45

2. Lessons from the assessment and analysis

Ex-post evaluation of ERDF support to rural development: key findings

General presentation by the project leader (E. Dallhammer)

Presentation of the Andalucia case (M. Burch)

What have we achieved with Cohesion Policy in rural areas? 

ESPON Project EDORA (European Development Opportunities for Rural Areas)

Brief presentation of the study by the project leader (A. Copus)

Presentation of a preliminary typology


12.45 - 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 - 15.45

3. Lessons from implementation

Integration between regional and rural development policies in the Italian National Strategic Reference Framework: an analysis of programmes at regional level (S. Lucatelli)

Developing coherence mechanisms (ERDF/EARDF) in Poland (A. Halasiewicz)

Approach to rural development by French regional authorities and case of Limousin Region (C. Léger) ; case study on ERDF contribution to rural development by DIACT (L. Bertrand)


15.45 - 17.15

Cohesion Policy and rural development: ideas for the future

Connecting cohesion policy with rural development? A point of view by D. Freshwater (OECD) ;

How to organise better coherence and coordination between policies and between funds for the benefit of rural areas?  Two points of view: J. Dwyer and L. Vandepoele


17.15 - 17.30

Closure of the seminar: Final remarks by DG REGIO