MFF 2021-2027 – Cohesion and Values: the role of regional and local authorities
The workshop session "Multiannual financial framework 2021-2027–Cohesion and Values: the role of regional and local authorities" took place on 10 October 2019, organised by the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region as the partner event within the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities.
The conference was opened by President of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region Nikola Dobroslavić, who emphasised that -Cohesion and Common Agricultural Policy are fundamental European policies, but as well the policies of solidarity and equal development of all regions in all Member States, thus any reduction of funding for these policies is unacceptable.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds Spomenka Đikić talked about the state of the play on the negotiation on MFF and the Croatian role during the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2020.
Simena Manova from the European Commission also commented about the negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework and expressed concern about the possibility of the rather sluggish speed of the negotiations and possible risk on the delay in the start of the implementation of the new programmes.
The Member of the European Parliament, Karlo Ressler, highlighted the position of the Europan Parliament regarding the negotiations on the MFF, followed by Goran Pauk, President of the Croatian County Association expressing his views on future of Cohesion policy and the Croatian regions.
Take away message
EU local and regional leaders support the European Commission's efforts to increase investment in education, research, youth, and migration and efforts in increasing of the own resources in the next European budget. At the same time, representatives of regions and cities emphasised that the proposed reduction in cohesion policy funding and the reduction of co-financing rate as well as the programing period will call into question their ability to combat inequality and disseminate innovation across the Union's local communities.