The European Parliament’s Regional Development Committee oversees and scrutinises EU projects designed to improve cohesion between richer and poorer regions of the EU, known as the "Cohesion policy".
ECR MEPs believe that the EU's structural funds should primarily complement national public finances and support job creation, competitiveness and economic growth. Moreover, regional policy should in no way distort the European single market. We wish to ensure that regional policies do not neglect its core purpose of building economic capacity and infrastructure in poorer regions. In terms of budget, we believe that any EU budgetary savings should not undermine Cohesion policy in the "new" EU member states after the post-2004 enlargement. However, we do believe that the era of a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to Cohesion policy has long passed.
We are focused on the challenges of effective absorption and use of EU funding. Capacity to administer EU funding remains an issue of concern for the new member states. Without a strong administrative capacity, these countries will risk not only losing the direct benefits of the funds from the previous financial period but also will not be sufficiently prepared for the new Cohesion policy. Instability in the civil service, and weak financial auditing and management structures for the funds represent risks for the successful implementation of the EU funds in the new Member States, and constitute a threat to effective policy management overall.
ECR Members of the REGI Committee:
The European Conservatives and Reformists take a realistic view of the EU's structural and investment funds. Given the fact that Cohesion policy is embedded in the Treaties, we believe that it should primarily complement national public finances and support job creation, competitiveness and economic growth. Moreover, regional policy should in no way distort the European single market.