On 28th February 2019 the Atlantic Cities took part at the 10th Structured Dialogue with European Structural and Investments Funds’ partners group of experts, held in Brussels. The objective was to discuss on the post- 2020 legislative package and the next financial programming period 2021-2027.
The European Commission, represented by the Directorate General for Employment has presented the state of play of the discussions about the ESF+ (European Social Fund Plus) such as the increase of the ESF+ budget to 120,5 billion, proposed in the European Parliament report, as well as the changes proposed by the Council of the European Union, related to the specific objectives of the fund.
To this extend, the Atlantic Cities Secretary General, Tamara Espiñeira, raised the debate on the participation of the civil society on the composition of monitoring committees for Interreg programmes and if there was the intention to continue with macroregional strategies.
Moreover, the Directorate General for Regional and Urban policy of the European Commission has presented a new policy objective, “Europe closer to citizens: the new policy objective 5”. Relying on different territorial instruments, this policy would aim to bring European cohesion policy closer to citizens, taking into account specific territorial and local challenges potentials.
To this regard, the Atlantic Cities has requested for the future relationship between this policy and the territorial cooperation under Interreg and macro-regional strategies, and how the functional areas will be defined.
If you want to learn more about our actions related to the territorial cooperation and a macro-regional strategy, you can check our Declaration for a Macro-region.