Polish Presidency Conclusions on territorial dimension of EU policies and future Cohesion Policy

On 24-25 November 2011 in Poznań, Poland the Polish Presidency of the EU Council presented its main conclusions on the future of EU Cohesion Policy.

The  conclusions entitled “Towards an integrated, territorially differentiated and institutionally smart response to EU challenges” support a number of Commission’s proposals contained in the draft legal package presented in October 2011. In the document the Presidency also outlined a number of “issues relating to the European Commission’s proposals which require further clarification and discussion with a view to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the future Cohesion Policy".

The conclusions also includes an important key massage on the European Territorial Cooperation, according to which:

"European Territorial Cooperation is an important instrument of territorial cohesion and integration, and provides a mechanism of joint cross-border and transnational actions for addressing EU goals and responding to territorial potentials. However, there is a need for further efforts to ensure the harmonisation of rules with respect to cross-border cooperation programmes on the external borders of the EU" 

The whole document can be viewed here.