Plenary Session of the CoR in Brussels:
The cohesion policy of the European Union has contributed significantly to the reduction of economic and social inequalities as well as sustainable growth among the European regions. Furthermore, it provides together with national and regional partners more than EUR 450 billion for the period from 2014 to 2020.In the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions on the future of cohesion policy on 12 May, the representative of the Province of Salzburg and former governor of Salzburg, Dr. Franz Schausberger, stated that further simplifications, more flexibility, faster handling and better coordination with others EU investment programs are essential. In addition to the aim of bringing the less wealthy regions closer to the European average, the harmonious development of the EU as a whole should continue to be encouraged. This means that cohesion policy should continue to be open to all regions.
From left to right: Dr. Andreas Kiefer (General Secretary of the Congress of the Council of Europe), Dr. Franz Schausberger (Chairman of the IRE and former Governor of Salzburg) and Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, BSc (President of the Congress of the Council of Europe)
The complexity of the administrative and control system of cohesion policy would be disproportionate to the added value, Dr. Schausberger highlighted.So to say, the bureaucratic effort needs to be radically reduced for the affected recipients as well as for local authorities and that the EU authorities have to restrict themselves to the achievement of the objectives and the fight against fraud and corruption. The impact of BREXIT on the future of cohesion policy must also be clarified. Within the framework of the EU cohesion policy, the state of Salzburg classified as a “more developed region” accounted for 21.780 million in the 2014-2020 period from the ERDF-fund.