Webinar: Next Generation EU: A threat to Cohesion Policy?

The fifth EPRC webinar of the 2021 was held March 17th (12:00 – 13:00 UK) over Zoom. Francesco Molica, Regional Policy Director at Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions presented on the topic “Next Generation EU: A threat to Cohesion Policy?”.

The presentation centred on the question: Does the EU recovery instrument (Next Generation EU or NGEU) pose a challenge to Cohesion Policy? Molica argued that the main component of NGEU, the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), bears similarities with Cohesion Policy in terms of scope and objectives despite sitting on a different delivery mode. The concomitant implementation of RRF and cohesion funding could thus lead to overlaps and competition for projects. This scenario would ultimately impinge on the performance of Cohesion Policy programmes.

Molica emphasised that in the long run, the RRF may also affect the budget and architecture of post-2027 Cohesion Policy. The second and smaller strand of NGEU, the React-EU instrument, introduces changes to the Cohesion Policy framework whose implications require close scrutiny. The seminar took an in-depth look at these aspects and discussed concrete examples from EU Member States.

Francesco Molica is an expert in regional policy and institutional communication with over ten years of experience in both areas. He is currently Regional Policy Director at the CPMR where he is responsible for advocacy and policy analysis activities in the area of cohesion policy. Previously, he worked for the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission where he oversaw the communication of various operation programmes. Prior to joining the European Commission, he held an advisory position within the managing authority of an ERDF operational programme (Calabria, IT). Francesco holds a MA degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Rome La Sapienza and a MA degree in Communication from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He has given lectures on cohesion policy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Roma Tre University, Cergy-Pontoise University. He is author of papers on regulatory aspects of cohesion policy as well as communication.

Molica’s presentation can be accessed here, and the recording of the webinar can be viewed on the EPRC’s YouTube page here.

Our next webinar will take place Wednesday March 31st, when Alena Myshko, Specialist in transport and logistics at Angis, will present on “Academic Mobilities and Spatial Capital: Is There a Link Between Regional Airports and Universities? (The Case of North East and Tees Valley, UK)”.

Future EPRC webinars will delve on topics of regional policy and development.

If you would like to attend, watch out for updates and registrations by following @eprc_eu on Twitter

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