The Greens - EFA

Greening the regional policy: achievements and perspectives

a Greens/EFA conference

30 january 2014

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The EU Structural and Investment Funds are a major EU instrument for funding and accelerating the green transformation in Europe, for example, in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, research & innovation, sustainable mobility, green jobs, the solidarity economy, education and combat of poverty. From 2014 on, EU regional policy will be funded under a new set of rules. The Greens/EFA group have made a difference in the negotiations on the Cohesion Policy (legislative) package for 2014-2020, and so the new rules contain improvements for a greener and socially more just Cohesion Policy.

The Greens/EFA MEPs involved in the negotiations, are therefore organising a conference on the green achievements and perspectives for the next 7 years. The main focuses will be how policymakers and local and regional stakeholders can capitalise on these improvements and how they can team up to make sustainable projects on the ground a reality.

In the first session, from 9.30-11.00, we will discuss with local stakeholders sustainable investment using the Structural Funds, particularly in the crisis countries.

During the second panel, from 11-13.00, we will focus on how local actors can now have a bigger say in the implementation of the cohesion policy thanks to the Partnership Principle and the newly introduced Code of Conduct.


Sustainable investment in regions, especially in crisis countries


  • Alessandro Proia, CRPM/CPMR
  • S├ębastien Godinot, WWF European Policy Office
  • Sandrine Rousseau (EELV), Vice-President of the Regional Council Nord-Pas-de-Calais, in charge of higher education and research

The Partnership Principle

  • Manuela Geleng, European Commission, DG EMPL
  • Mathieu Fichter, European commission, DG REGI
  • Markus Trilling, Bankwatch