About this consultation

Consultation period
10 January 2018 - 8 March 2018
Policy areas
Regional policy, Employment and social affairs, Social inclusion, Vocational education and training, Research and innovation, Business and industry, Energy, Justice and fundamental rights, Migration and asylum, Transport, Rural development, Digital economy and society, Climate action, Maritime affairs and fisheries, Structural reforms, Youth

Responses to this consultation

The Commission will publish the replies shortly after the end of the consultation period.

Consultation outcome

The Commission will summarise the replies after the end of the consultation period. Your replies will be taken into account when designing comprehensive proposals for the post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework and for the next generation of financial programmes.

Target group

This consultation is open to all citizens and stakeholders interested in Cohesion policy, including beneficiaries of EU programmes and funds such as national, regional and local authorities, inter-governmental and non-governmental bodies, academic institutions, civil society and enterprises.

Objective of the consultation

In 2018, the Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which is the EU's long–term budget.  The Commission's proposals will be designed to make it possible for the EU to deliver on the things that matter most, in areas where it can achieve more than Member States acting alone. This requires a careful assessment both of what has worked well in the past and what could be improved in the future. This consultation is an integral part of the process and its objective is to collect the views of all interested parties on how to make the most of every euro of the EU budget.

Similar consultations have taken place in the context of evaluations of existing EU financial programmes in several policy areas, including on current performance and future challenges. The views expressed by stakeholders in these consultations will be taken into account in the current process for the future Multiannual Financial Framework.

The Commission is launching in parallel to this consultation, a series of public consultations covering the entire spectrum of EU future funding in the following areas: Cohesion; Investment, Research & Innovation, SMEs and Single Market; Migration; Security; Strategic Infrastructure; Values and Mobility.

How to submit your response

You can contribute to this public consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. In order to allow the Commission to best understand your position, you are welcome to elaborate on your answers in the dedicated text boxes foreseen for this purpose.

The questionnaire is accessible in 23 EU languages. Contributions may be submitted in any of the official EU languages.

The questionnaire takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. You may pause and save your work and continue later. You may download the questionnaire in PDF format. Once you have submitted your answers, you may download a copy of your completed responses. At the end of the questionnaire you will be given the possibility to upload supporting documents (max: 1MB) to complement your contribution.

In the interest of transparency, the Commission asks organisations who wish to respond to the consultation to register in the Transparency Register and subscribe to its Code of Conduct. If you are a registered organisation, please indicate your Register ID number when replying to the online questionnaire. If your organisation is not registered, you can register here. Then you can return to this page and submit your contribution as a registered organisation.

It is important to read the specific privacy statement for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

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