Europe's regions face massive challenges but these are not insurmountable, I pledge that over my term I will fight for our regions and Ireland South in particular. EU Cohesion Policy has benefited the economic development of Ireland enormously in the past providing us with the means to help ourselves. With the continuing economic problems in Ireland South, I intend to work hard to prioritise the deployment of Cohesion, Structural and European Social Funds to aid our economic recovery, including through support for retraining and upskilling workers to face the challenges of the knowledge economy, as well as providing support for entrepreneurship.
I work to ensure that EU funds are used to foster economic cohesion so that the EU economy can transform into the most competitive and sustainable economy in the world by 2020.
The Regional Development Committee is responsible for regional and cohesion policy especially:
- the Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the other instruments of the Union's regional policy,
- assessing the impact of other Union policies on economic and social cohesion
- coordination of the Union's structural instruments
- outermost regions and islands as well as cross-border and interregional cooperation
- relations with the EU's Committee of the Regions, interregional cooperation organisations and local and regional authorities
The website of the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development can be found here.
The Directorate General for Regional Policy is the branch of the commission responsible for the implementation of the Union's policy. This is achieved through utilising funds to foster regional development, these funds are: the European Regional Development Funds and the EU Solidarity Fund.
Commissioner for Regional Policy: Corina Creţu
The European Commission's Directorate General's website can be accessed here.