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Executive Bureau - 05.11.2019

​CEMR Executive Bureau adopts Resolution calling for strong Cohesion Policy
Meeting on the margins of CEMR’s annual retreat, our Executive Bureau adopted today a Resolution calling for strong cohesion policy in the EU’s next multiannual financial framework (MFF). The EU’s budget framework for the years 2021-2027 is currently the object of intense negotiations between national governments in the EU Council.

The Resolution emphasises the following three points:
  • CEMR supports a strong EU budget and cohesion policy in the next multiannual financial framework. This is necessary if Europe is to fulfill its objectives, notably in terms of climate action and sustainable development, which municipalities and regions will be necessary to implementing.
  • Commission President-Elect Ursula Von der Leyen’s proposed “Just Transition Fund”, while a welcome initiative, must be financed through additional budget allocations. Any new funds must not be to the detriment of existing regional funds.
  • Member states should reaffirm the Partnership Principle’s applicability throughout the EU. Local and regional governments must be involved from the start in the design of the cohesion programmes they will be charged with implementing.

The Finnish EU presidency presented a plan last month to cut cohesion policy by €12 billion, a proposal which is strongly opposed by CEMR. In contrast, the European Parliament voted in March 2019 to maintain the cohesion budget at the current level for the next seven years.

The Executive Bureau also discussed the changeover in leadership of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), to take place in Durban, from 11 to 15 November, at the occasion of UCLG World Congress.

The next gathering will take place in Orleans on January 23-24 with a meeting of the CEMR’s Policy Committee.
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