The public consultations on the Conclusions of the 5th Cohesion Report, organised by the European Commission between 12th November 2010 and 31st January 2011, received 444 contributions with variety of views and opinions on the future of Cohesion Policy.
The contributions were received from many different groups, including Member States, economic and social partners, regional and local authorities as well as citizens, European interest organisations on territorial issues, private companies and civil society organisations. Contributors expressed their views on ways to enhance the added value of cohesion policy, as well as on ways to strengthen governance and to streamline the delivery system of cohesion policy. Respondents also gave their opinions on the future architecture of cohesion policy for the next programming period. A Staff Working Document, and a citizen summary presenting the results of the public consultation was published on 13 May 2011.
Please follow this link to read more about the results of the consultations.