ESPON Evidence and Tools for EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
9 July 2012 - EU Cohesion Policy of the European Union has the overall goal of promoting economic prosperity and social cohesion throughout the entire territory of the Union. The legislative pack setting the rules and the priority themes for the policy after 2014 are in negotiation in Brussels. Managing Authorities and their Joint Technical Secretariats are gearing up the preparations of new Operational Programmes for 2014-2020.
The key documents are available (legislative proposals for cohesion policy during the period 2014-2020, "Common Strategic Framework") to help Member States and their regions prepare for the next programming period. EC DG Regio More.
The European Union has since the programming for 2007-2013 added the objective of Territorial Cohesion and is opting for an integrated, place-based approach. EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 shall contribute to the EU 2020 Strategy of a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. This is the challenge for the new programming.
Policy makers shall even more in the current economic climate deliver results which are based on evidence in order to ensure the most efficient spending of funds. Programme strategies, thematic priorities and projects shall deliver coherently. Projects on specific themes shall be funded in the places where the need or potential is the highest.
By end of 2013, many national and regional authorities acting as Managing Authorities will submit their operational programmes to the EC. In support of this programming, ESPON offers substantial territorial evidence on a large number of relevant themes as well as useful tools supporting the necessary analyses positioning the programme area in the European context, its potentials and challenges. Managing Authorities are invited to make use of the available ESPON research results, analyses, data, indicators and tailor made tools that fits the ideas and visions for their Operational Programme for 2014-2020.