“Simplification, focus and European added value in EU Cohesion Policy”
On November 15th Minister-president Geert Bourgeois represented Belgium at the General Affairs Council (Cohesion Policy). Together with his European colleagues and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu, the Minister-president exchanged views about the future of European Cohesion Policy.
During the Belgian intervention, Minister-president Bourgeois made a plea for a radical simplification, focus and European added value. He also invited Commissioner Creţu to Flanders to visit some Flemish projects financed by the funds of Cohesion Policy. Furthermore, Bourgeois asked the member states to consider new macro-regional strategies, by which he implicitly referred to initiatives for a closer North Sea cooperation.
Cohesion Policy wants to achieve real economic and social cohesion and less disparities between European regions by means of several EU funds. Various speakers emphasized the need of radically simplifying the funds. The ministers also want to address current challenges, such as globalization, digitization, climate change and migration.
From July 2017 till June 2018, Flanders acts as spokesperson for Belgium with regard to EU Cohesion Policy.
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