ELEC: Economic & Social Commission – cohesion policies in Europe
ELEC’s Economic & Social Commission will host a panel discussion on the topic of cohesion policies in Europe : a retrospective and prospective view, in Paris, France.
- The economic and social convergence of the less favored countries of the EU since their accession: its pace, its scale, its sustainability. To what extent is it due to EU financial transfers, and in particular to the ERDF, the ESF, the Cohesion Fund?
- What are the prospects in this area within the framework of the 2021-2027 multiannual financial program, taking into account the budgetary consequences of Brexit?
- In the future, should we favor geographic criteria (rural, peripheral, island, isolated, etc.), social criteria (income level, unemployment, etc.) or environmental criteria (fight against climate change, biodiversity)?
- What are the prospects for the new “Fund for a just transition” announced in the program of the new European Commission in favor of “people and regions most affected”. Is there not a risk of administrative complications and excessive dispersal of resources?
- How to analyze European cohesion policies in view of the “greening” of the European strategy: “Green Pact for Europe”, transformation of the EIB into European Climate Bank, investment plan of one billion euros for a sustainable Europe “in every corner of the EU”.
The speakers participating in this debate will be:
- – Jean-François DREVET, Associate Professor of Geography, author of “Histoire de la politique régionale de l’UE”
- – Stefan APPEL, Head of Unit of the DG Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission
- – Thomas LENK, Minister-Counselor in charge of the economy at the German Embassy in France.
- – Maciej DOBRZYNIECKI, Entrepreneur and President of the Polish Section of ELEC
- – Xavier TIMBEAU, Director of the OFCE (French Economic Observatory)
- – Eric-André MARTIN, Research Fellow European policies, IFRI (French Institute of International Relations)
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