The role of civil society in the challenge of enlargement

One of the most important aspects of the enlargement process will be the cohesion policy and the structural funds.

The need for a structural policy to be applied following enlargement is justified both by the external necessity of reducing the gap between the applicant countries and the EU average and by the internal necessity of combating increasing disparities amongst and within accession countries.

This hearing will be important to examine how civil society partners in the applicant countries are capable of managing the cohesion funds and also ensure that the main principles of cohesion policy like shared management, partnership principle and multilevel governance will be implemented effectively throughout this procedure.

Public debate in the framework of the opinion on "The role of cohesion policy in upcoming rounds of EU enlargement".

The debate is accessible via webstream. No registration is needed.

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