President Röpke discusses the future of cohesion policy with EU Ministers

On 6 February, President Röpke participated in an informal meeting of EU ministers responsible for cohesion policy, who agreed on an ambitious set of guidelines for the future of cohesion policy in Europe post-2027.

During the meeting, President Röpke presented the EESC recommendations on the future of cohesion policy contained in the exploratory opinion on "The Recovery and Resilience Facility and Cohesion policy: Towards Cohesion policy 2.0", which was adopted by the EESC in September. In his intervention, President Röpke insisted that cohesion policy should be rooted in the principle, that "no one and no region be left behind". The policy should cover both territorial and social cohesion and needs to be supported by appropriate funding. The President reflected on the post-2027 framework, which should take into account future enlargement of the EU and informed the Ministers about the ongoing work of the EESC on the an opinion on the issue.

The Belgian presidency intends to draw on the conclusions of this meeting, as well as on the reflections developed in parallel by the European Commission, to draft guidelines for cohesion policy post-2027.

At the margins of the meeting, President Röpke met with Enrico Letta, former Prime Minister of Italy and rapporteur for the High Level Report on the future of the Single Market.

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