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.