Response to the consultation on future Cohesion Policy in EU budget 2020-2027
Policy comments | 19 March 2018
The EU is facing unprecedented challenges right now, but the future Cohesion Policy can make a contribution to strengthening the rule of law, fundamental rights and the principles of democracy, while also enabling ordinary citizens and local communities to participate in the benefits of the energy transition and demonstrating the value of European citizenship to people across Europe. In line with the notions of energy democracy, community-based economy and social Europe, the future Cohesion policy can give more power to the people in deciding how the EU funds should be spent and thus address the shrinking space for civil society and the issues regarding the rule of law and fundamental rights. In this review we set out our priority policy recommendations to achieve those aims, which will also make the next EU budget more coherent and prevent contradictory spending..