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The future of Cohesion Policy beyond 2006: Contributions to the debate between 2001 and 2004

This site presents contributions to the debate about the future of Cohesion policy beyond 2006. These contributions were submitted by actors at the European, national or regional levels, between the publication of the Second and Third Cohesion Reports, published by the Commission in February 2001 and February 2004 respectively. The papers sent to the European Commission are presented in their original form in the sections you will find below. The Commission has neither revised nor translated any of these documents.


Key discussion points

17 May 2005 Third Progress Report on Cohesion  
3 March 2005 Cohesion and the Lisbon Agenda: The Role of the Regions
21-22 February 2005 Seminar on the future Objective 3 of the Structural Funds.
PowerPoint slides : Cross-border co-operation - Interregional co-operation and network programmes - European grouping of cross-border cooperation - Cross border co-operation at the EU external borders - Trans-national co-operation
28 January 2005 Latest European regional statistics confirm Commission’s proposal on Structural Funds for 2007-2013 - Map - List
October 2004 Factsheet: "Cohesion policy: the 2007 watershed. Legislative proposals by the European Commission for the reform of cohesion policy (2007–13 period)"
14 July 2004 Proposals for the new structural funds regulations for the period 2007-2013
10-11 May 2004 European Cohesion Forum, Brussels
18 February 2004 Third report on economic and social cohesion
10 February 2004 Building our common future: Financial and political outlook for the enlarged Union 2007-2013
20 October 2003 Informal meeting of the Ministers responsible for Regional Policy, Rome
17 July 2003

Meeting with Commissioner Barnier on the urban dimension of future cohesion policy.

8 July 2003 Conference : "Cohesion and constitution: the roles and responsibilities of the regions"
5 and 6 May 2003  The Leipzig Declaration
3 and 4 March 2003  Conference on "Managing structural funds in the future:
which division of responsibilities ?
17 February 2003  Meeting between Michel Barnier and European Mayors and Presidents of regions on the future of cohesion policy

30 January 2003 Anticipated adoption of the Second progress report on economic and social cohesion.
17 and 18 October 2002 Seminar on "Community policy and mountain areas" in the framework of the International Year of Mountains.
8 and 9 July 2002 London conference on "Cities for Cohesion: Lessons from the European URBAN Programmes".
27 and 28 May 2002 Seminar on "The Union's regional priorities - Defining community added value".
30 January 2002 Adoption of the First progress report on economic and social cohesion, which sets forth the disparities in an enlarged Union and presents lessons learned in the 2001 debates.
21 and 22 May 2001 The Second Cohesion Forum takes place in Brussels, bringing together 1,500 political, economic and social policy makers.
26 March 2001 Michel Barnier discusses the issues on-line with participants in the debate.
30 January 2001 Adoption of Second Report on Economic and Social Cohesion. This report lays out for the first time the challenges and issues at stake in cohesion policy with the upcoming enlargement.
To learn more

Proposals for the new structural fundsnew
(14 July 2004)

Third report on economic and social cohesion
(18 February 2004)

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