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Cohesion policy

Cohesion policy - 28.09.2017

Stand up for towns and regions’ future: join us on 11 October at #EURegionsWeek
Did you know that thanks to cohesion policy, an estimated 1 million new jobs were created in the EU between 2007 and 2014? Also, almost 33,500 km of roads were built or reconstructed in the EU’s towns and regions, as well as 5,100 km of railways; allowing Europeans to travel, go to work and visit their families.

And yet, due to increasing financial pressure, cohesion policy is in real danger of being weakened in the next EU budget in 2020. That’s why we, CEMR, with other local and regional government associations and the European Committee of the Regions, formed an alliance to defend it: the #CohesionAlliance.

Join us on 11 October (5 – 6:30 pm) to find solutions together on how to secure a strong and effective cohesion policy for all regions beyond 2020. Together with CEMR President Stefano Bonaccini* and the EU’s Director-General for Regional and Urban Policy, Marc Lemaître, we will discuss the next steps our alliance should take, and draw inspiration from different workshops of the European Week of Regions and Cities on the future of cohesion policy.

We firmly believe that cohesion policy is a pillar of the EU’s future. From towns and regions to SMEs, schools or NGOs: anyone who believes in EU cohesion policy is welcome to join the #CohesionAlliance.

How to register

It's not that easy, so let us walk you through it: to register, click on the following link. Now, type in 11C137 in the "Keywords" search bar and click on "Search". Then, click on the "11/10/2017" tab, and tick the box to select our event. In the top left-hand corner of the page, click the red button, "Apply". Finally, enter your email and click "Submit". Your registration will be treated shortly. If not, please contact our colleague Marlène.

Registrations are open until 29 September – places are filling up fast, and you will not be able to enter if you are not registered.

Practical info
  • When: 11 October 2017, 5 to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Brussels, European Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 99-101, Jacques Delors, Room 62
  • Interpretation is available in English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, German, Spanish and Italian.
  • Also feel free to tweet with #EURegionsWeek and #CohesionAlliance in the language of your choice.

*President of AICCRE and Emilia-Romagna

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