The movement of skilled workers out of regions already suffering from lower economic development may further undermine the growth and development potential of these regions. Such a "brain drain" from vulnerable EU regions therefore may contribute to widening territorial disparities, going against the objective of territorial cohesion set out in Article 174 TFEU. Given the cross-border impact of such developments the Commission considers that action at EU level is necessary.
The EESC can make proposals in view of finding solutions and introducing initiatives to support the affected regions and equip them with the necessary knowledge to design and implement strategies and policies to tackle the associated challenges.
Since 2016, as requested by the Council, every second year the Commission publishes a report on the implementation of the existing macro-regional strategies (MRS). This is the fourth report, covering the period from mid-2020 to mid-2022. It assesses the state of play and progress on implementing the MRS and examines ways forward especially in the context of the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 crisis. The EESC has been an active player in the setting up and the governance of the implementation of the macro-regional strategies. The opinion can make proposals on the way forward, and may indicate solutions to tackle the consequences of the war including – but not limited to - the inflow of refugees and the energy security which feature high on the agenda.