The revised approach DG REGIO proposes would strengthen the much needed-feeling of ownership of the process, of acceptance and equality, the lack of which is the strongest argument of anti-EU forces in the IPA countries.
Take away message
The EUSAIR is strategic, political, not bureaucratic and reversible:
It allows a sector by sector integration (currently mainly in the areas of environment, climate change, connectivity, energy, transport and innovation).
It builds on participatory approaches which bring together different perspectives in scoping and approaching the challenge, and work both by the level of policy and and that of action on the ground.
Findings and financing common solutions require aligning different funding sources too.