Strategic Coherence of Cohesion Policy: Comparison of the 2007-13 and the 2014-20 Programming Periods

Cite as: Kah, S., Mendez, C., Bachtler, J., & Miller, S. (2015) Strategic Coherence of Cohesion Policy: Comparison of the 2007-13 and the 2014-20 Programming Periods. Final Report to European Parliament, European Parliament, Committee on Regional Development, Brussels

The aim of this study is to assess the evolution and implementation of the strategic coherence of Cohesion Policy in 2014-20. Based on documentary analysis and interviews with Member State authorities, the study finds that there have been overall improvements compared to the previous period, but it also highlights a series of EU and domestic challenges in ensuring a strategically coherent approach between different European Structural and Investment Funds and with other EU policies.

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