Macro-Regional Strategies

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Publication Date 2016
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A 'Macroregional strategy' is an integrated framework endorsed by the European Council, which may be supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds among others, to address common challenges faced by a defined geographical area relating to member states and third countries located in the same geographical area which thereby benefit from strengthened cooperation contributing to achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

As the first Strategy was launched, endorsed and implemented, the concept was increasingly subject of debate as regards to the possibility of extending it to other regions in Europe. In June 2013, the European Commission published a report to clarify the concept of 'macro-region stratgies', at the request of the Council of the European Union, which was used for further debate between member states. In May 2014, the Commission released another report aimed at facilitating discussion on how to improve the governance of these strategies.

+ European Commission presents the concept of macro-regional strategy, 16 September 2009
+ Committee of the Regions (CoR) organises the first high-level conference to debate this approach, 13 April 2010
+ Report from the European Commission clarifying the concept of macro-regional strategy, 27 June 2013
+ Report from the European Commission on the governance of macro-regional strategies, 20 May 2014

+ EPRS Library Briefing | EU macro-regional strategies: state of play, February 2012
+ EPRS Blog | Macro-regional strategies across Europe, January 2015

The European Commission launched four different Strategies under this concept (as of 2016):

+ EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), 2009
+ EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), 2010
+ EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), 2014
+ EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP), 2015

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