EU Regional Policy, Committee of the Regions
Members of the Committee of the Regions, members of the European Parliament and national, regional and local politicians, European, national, regional and local government officials and experts in the field of
managing and evaluating cohesion policy programmes, representatives of private companies, financial institutions and European and national associations, journalists from European, national, regional and
local media, master or PhD students, researchers and practitioners in the field of European, regional and urban policy.
Brussels, Belgium
12/10/2015 - 15/10/2015
In 2015, a total of about 400 Cohesion Policy programmes and more than 100 programmes financed in the field of rural development and fisheries policy, worth about EUR 500 billion, will be decided and running. The reformed cohesion policy will make available up to EUR 351,8 billion to invest in Europe's regions, cities and the real economy. It will be the EU's principle investment tool for delivering the Europe 2020 goals: creating growth and jobs, tackling climate change and energy dependence, reducing poverty and social exclusion. This will be helped through targeting the European Regional Development Fund at key priorities such as support for small and medium-sized enterprises where the objective is to double support from EUR 70 to 140 billion over the 7 years. Thematic concentration, increased efficiency, result-orientation and a stronger link to economic governance and the European Semester process will guide these new programmes, which will be financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds in the period until 2020. The OPEN DAYS 2015 will be a perfect forum for national and regional managing authorities, final beneficiaries and EU institutions to exchange information and facilitate networking on novel approaches for implementing the funds.