Cohesion policy: Strategic report 2010
on the implementation of the programmes 2007-2013

  • What progress are Member States and their regions making in delivering agreed objectives, including high level EU objective?
  • How has cohesion policy contributed to reducing the economic and social disparities across Europe?
  • What has been the impact of the on-going economic crises on implementing cohesion programmes?
  • How are Member States performing in various sectors against the EU average?


The requirement for "strategic reports" on the implementation of cohesion policy and its results and impacts is a new feature of cohesion policy in the period 2007-2013. It was introduced to increase transparency, encourage accountability and to promote discussion of the policy, particularly amongst the EU institutions. The reports are therefore a key tool to monitor the delivery of the agreed objectives during the current programming period.

Based on 27 reports provided by the Member States, the Commission Strategic report 2010 presents for the first time a complete overview of progress in implementing the policy while drawing some conclusion and recommendations.