Towards cohesion policy 2.0: Challenges and opportunities for the growth and development of the European regions

The recent use of cohesion policy support for crisis measures, including greater flexibility, raises questions about the right balance between the short- and long-term objectives of the policy. National policies cannot entrust cohesion policy alone with the role of promoting regional development and national convergence.

It is necessary to look for ways of redesigning cohesion policy in the context of the European Growth Model and of current and emerging challenges, as the perception that cohesion policy has become more complex hampers its effectiveness. The main challenges include the transition to climate neutrality, digitalisation and innovation, and the consolidation of a competitive European economy, considering the strategic autonomy required by the current geopolitical situation in all EU regions.

In this context, EESC will organise a public hearing with the title: Towards cohesion policy 2.0 Challenges and opportunities for the growth and development of the European regions that will take place on 18.07.2023, starting at 10:00 and is accessible via webstream. No registration is needed.

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