Press Release


Cohesion Policy vital for EU' s future. Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP and Danuta Hübner MEP


van NISTELROOIJ, LambertHUBNER, Danuta"Cohesion Policy will remain the instrument with the biggest direct investment in the real economy with a budget of €376 billion and will play a crucial role in delivering the Europe 2020 Strategy", said Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP, EPP Group Coordinator in the Regional Development Committee of the European Parliament, in reaction to today's presentation of the new legislative package by the European Commission.

The EPP Group is ready to play a leading role in the process of the package adoption, having nominated three out of the five Rapporteurs: Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP, Co-Rapporteur for the new General Regulation, also covering the funds included in the Common Strategic Framework, Jan Olbrycht MEP for the ERDF Regulation and Joachim Zeller MEP for the EGTC Regulation.

"We are now at the starting point of a big debate on the future regional policy and of course there are elements of utmost importance for us to be defined and regulated (macro-economic conditionality, alignment with the Europe 2020 Strategy flagships, performance reserve, territorial cooperation, definition of the intermediate category). We are positive about these proposals covering the whole EU territory and vey much willing to put all our availability, effort and determination in the complex legislative process that will have a direct influence on the future of the EU for the period 2014-2020."

Danuta Hübner MEP, Chairwoman of the Regional Development Committee added: "Europe needs growth. European regional policy is a tailor-made investment policy that contributes to growth, job creation and competitiveness of European economy. This is why we have to work together - the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council - to provide by the end of 2012 a legal framework for growth efforts of regions, cities and national governments. With the Commission's proposal, we are starting this joint effort whose results will bring more growth, new jobs and global competitiveness in Europe."

The package launched today includes 5 Proposals for Regulations of the European Parliament and of the Council. The first one is the General Regulation on Structural Funds (including the EAFRD and the EFF) and the Cohesion Fund. Furthermore, the package contains Regulations targeting the specific funds: Cohesion Fund Regulation, ERDF Regulation, the contribution of ERDF to the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and the EGCT Regulation.

The Commission's proposal.

For further information:
Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845434
Danuta Hübner MEP, Tel: +32-2-28447192
Eduard Slootweg, EPP Group Press and Communications Service, Tel: +32-475-721280

Notes to Editors:
The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 264 Members.

Regional Development