The Romanian Presidency has been very ambitious and a lot of work has been put in advancing the Cohesion Policy package for 2021-2027, on the basis of the Commission’s legislative proposals, published on 29 and 30 May 2018.
Partial mandates for trialogues with the European Parliament have been reached on four regulations: Common provision regulation for cohesion policy (CPR), European Regional Development Fund & Cohesion Fund (ERDF&CF), European Social Fund plus (ESF+) and Interreg. Check here the Progress report of the Romanian Presidency on the state of play of the Legislative package for Cohesion Policy 2021-2027.
All four regulations are linked with the discussions on the Multi-annual financial framework and the new investment framework at the EU level. The Romanian Presidency succeeded to simplify and streamline the rules and to provide the necessary legal clarity. Consequently, the Council’s position includes now further measures of simplification, beyond the Commission proposal and refines many requirements which will make the life of the beneficiaries easier without compromising the strategic role of the cohesion policy.
The consensus reached under the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council was strongly supported by the ministers in charge of cohesion policy and the Council received the mandates to negotiate with the European Parliament in order to reach agreements that can allow a timely start of the new operational programs.