Cohesion Policy 2007-13: National Strategic Reference Frameworks
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The 27 National Strategic Reference Frameworks agreed on this year by the Member States and the Commission, set out the investment priorities for the new generation of regional and sectoral programmes to be supported by the European Union over the seven-year period 2007-13. They draw their inspiration from the priorities adopted by the Member States in October 2006 in the “Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion”.
In accordance with the Guidelines, the strategies confirm that cohesion policy has today become the major source of investment from the European budget directly contributing to the Lisbon Strategy, as agreed in 2005 and which aims to boost economic growth and job creation throughout the Union. The programmes seek to support the modernisation and diversification of national and regional economies, improve competitiveness and underpin efforts to maintain macroeconomic stability.