10/07/2013 at 10:30
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Commission
On 10 July, the main elements of a European Commission proposal to reform how Structural Funds are invested and managed will be put to the vote. Members of the European Parliament's Regional Development Committee will be deciding on new rules that include the requirement to focus investments on the key growth areas of support for small and medium sized businesses, research and innovation as well as the low carbon economy. If the vote goes through, the European Commission is urging member states and regions to step up their planning for the 2014-20 period so the EU co-funded projects can start on time to tackle challenges like unemployment and lack of competitiveness
MEPs from the Regional Development Committee will vote on 5 reports in the overall Cohesion Legislative Package. This should provide the Member States and regions with the clarity they need to prepare the new EU co-funded programmes. The new rules will provide much better tools to tackle some of the main challenges facing the EU like unemployment, lack of competitiveness and climate change.
The REGI Committee vote will cover four separate regulations: for the Cohesion Fund, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) and the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). In addition, it will cover most of the so-called Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) which sets out common rules for all the European Structural and Investment Funds. The Committee vote follows negotiations between the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament but it will still need to be confirmed by a vote of the whole Parliament in the autumn.
Wednesday, 10 July, 10:30 – 12.30 a.m. – European Parliament/Brussels/Meeting Room Paul-Henri Spaak (3C050) - Vote of the Regional Development Committee on the Cohesion Legislative Package.