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ENLARGING SOLIDARITY, UNITING EUROPE
SECOND REPORT ON ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COHESION

10 QUESTIONS for PUBLIC DEBATE on the FUTURE of COHESION POLICY

1. What will be the role of cohesion policy in an enlarged Union of nearly 30 Member States in a context of rapid economic and social change? How is it possible to further economic convergence and preserve the European model of society?

2. How should Community policies be made more coherent? How should the contribution of other Community policies to the pursuit of cohesion be improved?

3. How should cohesion policy be modified in preparation for an unprecedented expansion of the Union? Should cohesion policy also address territorial cohesion in order to take better account of the major spatial imbalances in the Union?

4. How can cohesion policy be focussed on measures which have a high Community added value ?

5. What should be the priorities to bring about balanced and sustainable territorial development in the Union?

6. How should the economic convergence of lagging regions of the Union be encouraged?

7. What kind of Community intervention is required for other regions?

8. What methods should be used to determine the division of funds between Member States and between regions?

9. What principles should govern the implementation of Community intervention?

10. What should be the response to increased needs with regard to the economic, social and territorial dimensions of cohesion?


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