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Fifth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

by Ondrej Marek, 31 January 2011

Every three years, the EU publishes a report on economic, social and territorial cohesion, detailing progress in these areas and how the EU, national and regional governments have contributed. The 5th Cohesion Report was published in November 2010.

The main issues covered are:

What does the 5th Cohesion report say

Disparities between EU regions are narrowing – differences in GDP per head have shrunk substantially. More developed regions are more competitive, e.g. because they:

Well-being and life satisfaction are strongly linked to higher household income in the less developed parts of the EU, but not in the more developed regions. Environmental sustainability:

Better coordination is needed between regional development and other EU and national policies Europe 2020 strategy: regions and regional development policy can significantly contribute there should be a balanced approach to investment, e.g. right balance between different types of investment the strong diversity among EU regions (e.g. differences in characteristics, opportunities and needs) need to be taken into account there must be a strong role for regions, cities and local authorities

Legislative proposals will be submitted in the first half of 2011.

In recent time (31 January – 1 February 2011) the Fifth Cohesion Forum will provide another opportunity to discuss the orientations in the report concerning future Cohesion Policy.

Report you can download here. (160 MB)

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