The future of Cohesion policy programs after 2027: What kind of Cohesion policy does Europe need?

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The Council of the EU has started its discussion on the Cohesion policy after 2027 with the objective to give political guidance on the kind of Cohesion policy that Member States consider appropriate. This debate is of great relevance for organised civil society who is an important partner in the design and implementation of cohesion policy programmes.

What are the challenges and opportunities for Cohesion Policy in the post-2027 programming period? What are its long-term perspectives? How does the new geo-political framework and the need for more focus on Europe's strategic autonomy in all sectors impact on Cohesion policy? How, in times of crisis, do we support our long-term goal to work towards the convergence of the regions? How can Cohesion policy swiftly respond to unforeseen events?

These are some of the questions we will discuss in a public debate on The future of Cohesion policy programmes after 2027: What kind of Cohesion policy does Europe need? that the EESC organises 8 November 2022, from 11:30 to 13:00 with the participation of Anna Wagner, Head of Unit in DG REGIO, Jan Kral, Cohesion attaché of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and Wiktor Szydarowski, European Grouping on Territorial Cooperation director, ESPON.

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