MEETING OF THE COLLEGE: EU Budget – Regional Development and Cohesion Policy after 2020
For the EU’s next long-term budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to modernize Cohesion Policy, the EU’s main investment policy and one of its most concrete expressions of solidarity. Even if the EU economy recovers, further investment efforts are needed to address persistent imbalances within and between Member States. With a budget of € 373 billion in commitments for the period 2021-2027, the future cohesion policy has the necessary investment power to bridge these gaps. Resources will continue to be directed to those regions that are most in need of catching up with the rest of the EU. At the same time, the Cohesion Policy will remain a strong and direct link between the EU, its regions and its cities. Jyrki Katainen, Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: “Over the next decade, Cohesion Policy will help all regions to modernize their industry and improve their competitiveness. investing in innovation and the transition to a low-carbon, low-carbon economy. “Corina Creţu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, added:” Today we are proposing a Cohesion Policy for all regions, which leaves no one behind. on the one hand, we have relaxed it so that we can adapt to new priorities and better protect our citizens. “The main features of the Commission’s proposal for a modernized Cohesion Policy are: 1. focus on main investment priorities, in which the EU is best placed to achieve its objectives; 2. Cohesion policy for all regions and a more tailor-made approach for regional development; 3. Fewer, clearer and shorter rules and a more flexible framework. 4. A stronger link with the European Semester to improve the investment environment in Europe. A press release and a memo in all languages are available online. Legal texts, fact sheets and other information on the next EU long-term budget are also available
Posting of Workers: Commission welcomes European Parliament vote confirming the political agreement on the revision of the Directive
Today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament confirmed the political agreement reached on 1 March on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive. Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, responsible for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, said: “Today’s vote by the European Parliament marks an important milestone in the process of building a fairer single market. I would like to thank in particular the two co-rapporteurs of the European Parliament, Elisabeth Morin Chartier and Agnes Jongerius, who made the agreement possible. The political agreement voted by the European Parliament today represents a substantive improvement of the rules of the 1996 Directive, both for posted workers and companies. At the heart of it is the principle of equal pay for equal work in the same place. I believe that with this revised Directive, we are together making an important contribution to preserving the fairness of the internal market.” A revision of the Directive was originally proposed by the Commission in March 2016. Since then it has been the subject of a series of trilogues between the Parliament and the Council. The text voted on today in the plenary of the European Parliament is the result of an agreement reached following the 7th trilogue at the Council on 1 March 2018. It maintains the main elements of the Commission’s original proposal, including the principle of equal pay for equal work at the same place. A press conference with Commissioner Thyssen and European Parliament co-rapporteurs Elisabeth Morin-Chartier and Agnes Jongerius will take place at 15:00 in the Parliament in Strasbourg and can be followed here.Commissioner Thyssen’s statements during the plenary debate and following the vote are available here.