The Community Strategic Guidelines on Cohesion 2007-2013
The Community Strategic Guidelines contain the principles and priorities of cohesion policy and suggest ways the European regions can take full advantage of the € 308 billion that has been made available for national and regional aid programmes over the next seven years. National authorities will use the guidelines as the basis for drafting their national strategic priorities and planning for 2007-2013, the so called National Strategic Reference Frameworks (NSRFs). According to the guidelines and in line with the renewed Lisbon strategy, programmes co-financed through the cohesion policy should seek to target resources on the following three priorities:
improving the attractiveness of Member States, regions and cities by improving accessibility, ensuring adequate quality and level of services, and preserving their environmental potential;
encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship and the growth of the knowledge economy by research and innovation capacities, including new information and communication technologies; and
creating more and better jobs by attracting more people into employment entrepreneurial activity, improving adaptability of workers and enterprises and increasing investment in human capital.
The Guidelines seek to provide a balance between the twin objectives of the growth and jobs agenda and territorial cohesion. Thus, it is recognised that there can be no question of a “one size fits all” approach to the new programmes.
Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion policy adopted
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.