Event Brussels 6.2.2020

ENGAGING CITIZENS FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE IN COHESION POLICY CONFERENCE BRUSSELS 6.2.2020

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Rural developers were very active in workshops and plenary. The words for including citizen´s were the strongest ever in an open conference and the commissioner Ferreiro showed determination to achieve results.

Words are easy, doing is less. Unless there is budget, better to say unless there is an earmarked budget citizen´s codoing is getting difficult. Earmarking in cohesion and structural funds was suggested. We know that cohesion funds have in fact been mostly directed for regional and City purposes, whereas we have to remember and remind our member states that cohesion policy is also about villages and citizen´s involvement (Objective 5).

Former MEP Nistelrooy commented that we speak nicely about citizen´s but at the same time we take out a big part of the financing for rural areas and from LEADER, dealing quite closely with citizen´s. Rodriguez-Pose had research results with positive economic and social impact when investments were made to shrinking or less favoured areas. An increase of participative budgeting at local level and an earmarking for citizen-related codoing (in the large sense) funding in the structural funds was proposed. LEADER/CLLD should be developed to include larger rural areas and exported to cities and the funding increased. National Rural Parliaments were given as a good example of citizen´s and governments cooperation, where also financing of the action programmes resulting from the the NRP´s are reality. A simpler language and simplyfied funding mechanisms were requested.

SPEAKERS PRESENTATIONS
Speakers' presentations are now available on the event website.

VIDEO RECORDINGS

Video recordings of the plenary sessions in English are also available here.

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