30 january 2014
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
The Partnership Principle