Setting the stage for the reform of Cohesion policy after 2013

Cite as: Mendez, C., Bachtler, J., & Wishlade, F. (2011) Setting the stage for the reform of Cohesion policy after 2013. European Policy Research Papers No 77, University of Strathclyde, European Policies Research Centre, Glasgow

This paper provides a review and assessment of the current state of the debate on thefuture of Cohesion policy. It begins, by setting out the context for reform in terms ofeconomic governance, institutional changes and the policy priorities of Europe 2020. It then reviews the state-of-play of the budget debate, highlighting different national positions. For Cohesion policy, an analysis is provided of one of the key issues underlying MemberState positions – their eligibility for Structural and Cohesion Funds, and the likely financial allocations, based on the latest Eurostat data. The political and policy dimensions ofCohesion policy reform are reviewed in detail, and the paper concludes with issues and questions for discussion.

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