Council to put future Cohesion Policy under the lens
On Friday 16th December, the General Affairs Council of the EU will hold a debate on the basis of a progress report drawn up by the Polish Presidency on the legislative package for future cohesion policy, adopted on 6th October 2011. The package contains proposals for five regulations for the period 2014-2020, laying down principles and detailed operating rules of the Cohesion Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and of European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation. The overarching regulation also lays down provisions common to these Funds and to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
Discussions are expected to focus on the central themes of strategic programming and thematic concentration – both with a view to ensuring the closer alignment of cohesion policy with the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
These regulations will have to be adopted by the end of 2012 to allow the new programming of cohesion policy to get underway on time to start in 2014.