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Macro-Regional Strategy

A 'Macroregional strategy' is an integrated framework endorsed by the European Council, which may be supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds among others, to address common challenges faced by a defined geographical area relating to Member States and third countries located in the same geographical area which thereby benefit from strengthened cooperation contributing to achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

The EU has put in place two strategies, covering several policies, which are targeted at a 'macro-region'.

The European Council of 13-14 December 2012 invited the Commission to present an EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region by end 2014 subject to the evaluation of the concept.

The European Council of 19-20 December 2013 invited the Commission, in co-operation with the Member States, to elaborate an EU Strategy for the Alpine Region. The deadline for presenting a proposal is mid-2015.

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