19th update – February 2018

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European policies for Cohesion.

Emilia-Romagna says no to the orientation of the European Commission to assign a secondary role to the Regions in the management of resources

Being the Bologna Charter a regional cooperation initiative, benefiting by and concurring to EU Cohesion Policy, with the aim to strengthen the role of the Med Regions for contributing to an integrated and sustainable development in Europe, it is seen opportune to relaunch the following resolution of Emilia-Romagna Region.

16th February 2018.

The 1st Commission of the Legislative Assembly unanimously gives a mandate to the regional commissioner for European Policies to support the critical position of Emilia-Romagna with respect to the possible marginalization of the role of the Regions.

Bologna – The 1st Commission, Budget, General and Institutional Affairs of the Legislative Assembly, unanimously gave the regional commissioner for Development and European Policies a mandate to act on all the institutional tables of the negotiations on the future of European cohesion policies, strongly supporting the role of the Regions, rejecting the proposal of the European Commission aimed at allowing Member States to take away from the regions the premium-resources once achieved the targets set and to shift resources in support of structural reforms, already in the period 2018- 2020.

This is what emerged today during the 1st Commission session, after which a resolution was approved unanimously which enshrined the critical position of the Emilia-Romagna Region also with respect to the negotiations in progress in Brussels for the programming period 2020/2027.

The document voted today is in line with the resolution of the European Committee of the Regions of 1st of February, which for the first time expressed its intention to address the European Court of Justice. In it the violation of the principle of subsidiarity is contested, because it foresees that the transfer of resources can take place without any involvement of the Regions.

The proposals that are progressing in Europe – was stressed during the session by the Regional Councillor for European Policies – seem to privilege, on the one hand, the programs directly managed by the European Commission and to oversize the role of States in the negotiations and, on the other hand, to consider as beneficiaries of the European Structural and Investment Funds mainly, if not exclusively, the lagging Regions. A type of approach that totally contrasts with the principle of subsidiarity, and which relegates the Regions to a secondary role that calls into question the very purpose of the Cohesion Policy.

The Emilia-Romagna Region – concluded the commissioner – is convinced that the Cohesion Policy represents a formidable lever to bring Europe closer to the citizens and for the balanced development of all the Regions, allowing the European economy to improve its positioning competitive. The growth prospects for Europe depend on the capacity to valorise the territorial assets and to build and strengthen from the bottom the competitive advantages of local economic systems, through integrated regional development policies.


Region of Murcia joins the Bologna Charter initiative!

The Region of Murcia has signed the Bologna Charter, by its President Fernando Lopez Miras with the attendance of the Emilia-Romagna regional commissioner Patrizio Bianchi during the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission Political Bureau meeting, the 15th of February 2018 in Cartagena (Spain).

Opening the meeting, Fernando Lopez Miras, President of the Region of Murcia, stressed in particular the issues that the Mediterranean face when it comes to Climate Change and water or coastal management. In this perspective, he stressed that “we need to act fast because, the consequences of Climate Change impose urgent obligations” and for instance “water scarcity in many Mediterranean regions, such as Murcia, must be considered a shared issue”.

The Bologna Charter places at the center of development policies the role of the Mediterranean Regions to support actions to protect the Mediterranean coastal areas.

In welcoming the Region of Murcia in the Community of the Charter of Bologna, as the Emilia-Romagna Region, today we strengthen the alliance of Mediterranean Regions for Sustainable Development, because we are convinced that a strong network of Mediterranean Regions is decisive in countering the tendency to further divide the strong areas from the weak ones of Europe.” In addition, the councilor Patrizio Bianchi stressed that “The Mediterranean has extraordinary research and innovation capabilities and the Emilia-Romagna Region intends to position itself at the top of a Mediterranean research network, making available its excellences, including the European centre for weather forecasts.

Moreover, he concluded by stressing strongly that for the Emilia-Romagna region and for all the Mediterranean regions it would be unacceptable any proposal of the Commission to downsize the resources and objectives of the cohesion policies, which are today the main instrument for the development human resources and innovation in Southern Europe, putting at risk the whole process of European integration.

During the IMC meetings in Cartagena, the Mediterranean regions were also informed on the process of update of the Bologna Charter’s Joint Action Plan, as well as on the specific new actions and projects being currently implemented, such as Med Coast for Blue Growth, recently labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.


Meeting – Protecting our coasts: how to anticipate and monitor coastal risks? The contribution of coastal data

28th of February 2018, Brussels

The Bologna Charter initiative is invited to the meeting with EC DG Mare, Dg Grow, DG RTD, DG Environment, DG CLIMA, DG ECHO, organised by the CPMR and by the Secretariat of the International Hydrographic Organisation, within Coastal Mapping project, as initiative and process of cooperation between Mediterranean regions and national authorities focusing also on coastal data and knowledge development.

In a situation of increasing of extreme events, the meeting will focus on the support provided by the EU to the production and accessibility of data of use for the anticipation and monitoring of coastal risks such as erosion, floods, storms. Anticipating and monitoring these risks is necessary to protect both population, ecosystems, habitats, and human economic activities in coastal areas. This the reason why the Bologna Charter and its Joint Action Plan put among priorities (strategic theme 1 of the JAP) coordinated actions to achieve and made available coastal data at Med and EU scale to regional, local and national Authorities, for better fulfil their mission for protection, management and governance on coastal areas.

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