Working towards regional development combining competitiveness and cohesion: COHESION POLICY
Europe’s regions, which are the target of the cohesion policy, are the location for the implementation of a large portion of the EU 2020 strategy, and in particular a balanced approach which gives equal weight to competitiveness and economic and social cohesion. With a budget of 322.1 billion euros, 14.2 billion of which are intended for France, the policy aims to invest in the future infrastructure (both material and intangible) of our societies and its development in a perspective of European and international openness.
The policy comprises a set of priorities which are in line with the EU’s strategic aim of smart, sustainable and inclusive development:
- Boost research, technological development and innovation;
- Enhance accessibility, usage and quality of information and communication technology;
- Increase the competitiveness of SMEs;
- Support the transformation towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors, promote adaptation to a changing climate as well as prevention and management of risks, environmental protection and the promotion of efficient use of resources, promote sustainable transport and remove blockages in core infrastructure networks;
- Promote employment and support workforce mobility;
- Promote social inclusion and fight poverty;
- Invest in education, skills and life-long training;
- Reinforce organisational capacities and an efficient public administration.
Focused on certain key priorities in each region, the policy will enable investment in innovation and innovators (especially entrepreneurs), on underlying changes such as digital technology, and on boosting the capacities of populations as well as their social cohesion.
The role of culture and creative professionals
Culture and creative professionals, should position themselves as key players in wide-ranging and inclusive innovation, in social and democratic creativity and in strengthening creative environments for groups and individuals. Becoming a member of large and transectorial partnerships will allow a better grasp of the challenges of this policy.
Implementation and programme
Following the adoption of European and national frameworks, discussions have taken place in each region around the operational programmes which will determine the priorities of each territory. These should be published on Fall 2014, for calls before the end of 2014.