cohesion policy

The next LIFE programme - the EU's financial instrument supporting environmental and climate action projects carried out by public or private bodies in 2014-2020 – will be debated and put to a vote on Thursday. As agreed with EU ministers, its budget will increase to €3.1 billion (from €2.2 billion currently) to tackle new tasks and challenges, mainly in the climate action and resource efficiency fields.

The European Commission’s Regional Policy Directorate and the Committee of the Regions jointly hosted their 11th annual Open Days event in Brussels between 7th and 10th October. The event attracted over 5500 policy makers from local and regional authorities throughout Europe.  During the week over 350 workshops, debates and conferences were held on the theme of Regions and Cities.


European Parliament struck an agreement with Council of Ministers that will see at least €23bn from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the EU infrastructure fund that underpins European Cohesion Policy, go to energy efficiency and renewables projects from 2014 to 2020. The allocation is about 13% of the ERDF’s €175bn fund for the period 2014-20. More developed regions will have to invest at least 20% of their ERDF funds in low-carbon projects, poorer areas 12% and ‘transition regions’ no less than 15%.