|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||COM (2019) 21|
|Content Type||Policy-making, Report|
Report presented on 29 January 2019 by the European Commission assessing the implementation of the four EU macro-regional strategies.
Since the European Council endorsed the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) in 2009, three further EU macro-regional strategies (MRS) have been developed: the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) in 2011, the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) in 2014 and the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) in 2016.
In December 2016, the Commission adopted the first report on the implementation of the macro-regional strategies, which now involve 19 EU and 8 non-EU countries. These MRS have become an integral part of the EU policy framework; they offer strong potential and contribute in a unique and innovative way to cooperation within the EU and with neighbouring countries. Since the adoption of the report the favourable development of the economic environment in the EU and in the Western Balkans has created a more positive setting for implementing the MRS.
The draft proposal presented on 2 May 2018 by the Commission on the multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027, followed on 29 May by a draft legislative package for the future cohesion policy, opened a period of negotiation, likely to both influence and clarify the intentions of the countries involved regarding the future of MRS.
The purpose of this report is two-fold. Firstly, it assesses the implementation of the four MRS in this encouraging economic context which may have helped countries improve their long-term strategic cooperation approach. Secondly, it considers possible development of the MRS in light of the post-2020 draft regulations. The report is complemented by a Staff Working Document (SWD) which gives more details on the state of play for each MRS.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Regional Dimension|
|Keywords||Macro-Regional Strategies [MRS]
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|