Pilot actions for managing authorities promoting citizen engagement in cohesion policy – online kick-off event – agenda and interaction

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15 July 2020, 10.00-10.30 CET – Broadcast live   

On 15 July, the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will kick off the first pilot project to stimulate genuine and meaningful citizen engagement in implementing cohesion projects on the ground. The EU's cohesion policy aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion by reducing disparities in the level of development between regions. 

As part of this collaboration, authorities managing EU funds will receive top class expertise and tailored assistance in setting up new initiatives to involve citizens and promote transparency and accountability. The five authorities were selected on the basis of a competitive call. 

At the kick-off online event, we will hear from Normunds Popens, Deputy Director-General for Regional and Urban Policy at the European Commission,  and Janos Bertok, Acting Director of the OECD’s Public Governance Directorate, as well as a representative from each of the five managing authorities chosen: 

  • María Sánchez Ruiz - Regional Minister for Economy and Finances of the Cantabria Region
  • Morena Diazzi – Managing Authority, ERDF Regional in OP Emilia Romagna region (Italy);
  • Joanna Lech- acting director, in the Centre of EU Transport Projects (Poland);
  • Bram De Kort, director of the joint secretariat of the Interreg Flanders – the Netherlands programme; and
  • Ioana Mantog, Head of Unit, Ministry of Public Works, Development and Administration of Romania, programme coordinator for Interreg V-A Romania Bulgaria Programme. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to interact during the event through Sli.do using #engagingcitizens. 

The pilot is part of a broader action to promote citizen participation in projects co-funded by the EU and was announced during  the High-Level Conference on the issue of Engaging Citizens for Good Governance in Cohesion Policy on 6 February 2020 in Brussels, under the political leadership and with the participation of Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira.

Agenda of the event