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Cohesion Policy in Support of Growth and Jobs: Community Strategic Guidelines, 2007-2013


As a first step in launching the discussion on the priorities for the new generation of cohesion policy programmes, the Commission published on 6 July 2005 draft Community Strategic Guidelines entitled “Cohesion Policy in Support of Growth and Jobs: Community Strategic Guidelines, 2007-2013”. The Guidelines set out a framework for new programmes which will be supported by the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund.

These programmes aim to promote balanced, harmonious and sustainable development throughout the EU and improve the quality of life of Europe’s citizens. The key test for programmes in the future will be that of their contribution to growth and jobs in line with the renewed Lisbon agenda, which was agreed by the Member States meeting at the Spring Council in March 2005.

The draft will be adopted in final form once the relevant legislative texts have been agreed by the European Parliament and the Council.

The Commission invites all interested parties, including the European regional and local authorities and their associations, to submit their observations on this Communication.

Report on the public consultation

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15-16 December 2005 The European Council reached agreement on the Financial Perspective 2007-2013
24 November 2005

Financing Growth and Cohesion in the Enlarged EU - Conference presenting two new initiatives: Joint Assistance to Support Projects in the European Regions (JASPERS) and Joint European Resources for Micro-Enterprises (JEREMIE)

10-13 October 2005 European Week of Regions and Cities - OPEN DAYS 2005
7 October 2005 Working document of Directorate-General Regional Policy summarising the results of the public consultation on the Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion, 2007-2013
29 September 2005 Territorial Cooperation Programmes 2007-2013
A two-day seminar will be held in Brussels on 28 and 29 September on the new ‘European territorial cooperation’ (ex-INTERREG) objective. The issues to be discussed will concern management questions for the future generation of cross-border, transnational and interregional programmes.

6 Juli 2005 Commission adopts Communication on the "Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion 2007-2013"
17 May 2005 Third Progress Report on Cohesion
11 May 2005 EP votes on Financial Perspective
3 March 2005 Conference : Cohesion and the Lisbon Agenda: The Role of the Regions
3 February 2005 Danuta Hübner : "Regional policy and the Lisbon agenda – Challenges and Opportunities" at the London School of Economics
2 February 2005 Contribution of the Structural Funds to the Lisbon objectives
2 February 2005 Commission launches ambitious Growth and Jobs strategy for the EU
28 January 2005 Latest European regional statistics confirm Commission’s proposal on Structural Funds for 2007-2013 - Map - List
15 July 2004 Questions and answers on the reform of Cohesion Policy and the Structural Funds 2007-2013
2004 Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Financial Perspectives 2007 - 2013 : COM/2004/0487 final



Cohesion Policy 2007-13



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