Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: Finding a good compromise on thematic concentration (Briefing for S&D MEPs)
Briefing | 16 January 2013
Environmental NGOs fully understand the need of more flexibility for regions that but have high concerns with the solution proposed by the Parliament regarding the principle of thematic concentration: in this time of crisis, we note with concern that many Member States and regions stick to business as usual approaches to re-boost growth urgently – because it is considered to be faster and easier than more innovative, complex and forward looking solutions. There is therefore a high likeliness than many regions will include in their thematic concentration the thematic objective 7 on transport infrastructures and removing bottlenecks – which means in practice massive investments in road infrastructures. Our national colleagues confirm this concern. This briefing outlines five major shortcomings in such an approach and offers a better compromise.