The Bundesrat

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on specific provisions for the European territorial cooperation goal (Interreg) supported by the European Regional Development Fund and external financing instruments

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 31/07/2018
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 21/09/2018

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21/09/2018 | Scrutiny results - COM20180374

The Bundesrat points out that the European territorial cooperation (Interreg) is providing a valuable contribution to European integration, cohesion, good neighborly relationships in Europe and the EU’s visibility. It therefore welcomes the fact that the Commission has acknowledged this importance by issuing an individual proposal for a Regulation on Interreg, which the Bundesrat wishes to be strengthened. The Bundesrat criticizes the proposed cuts and asks for an allocation of funds, at least equivalent to those for the current funding period. In particular, the drastic cuts for component 1 are not comprehensible. The proposal’s focus on economic cooperation and innovation should not lead to a neglecting of other important parts that, given the increasing rifts within the EU, are of great importance for the future. This, in particular, concerns projects on cooperation between citizens, institutions and administrations. Also, the Bundesrat rejects the proposed cancellation of the Interreg Europe program. Furthermore, the Bundesrat rejects the proposed direct management for interregional innovation investments (component 5) and suggests a shared management for this, as well.
As regards the envisaged simplification, the Bundesrat puts into question the provisions on financial planning for the years 2021 to 2025 that stipulate the obligation to have the planning for the remaining two years of the funding period approved. This would create unnecessary administrative burdens and could endanger the program’s goals. The Bundesrat welcomes the greater flexibility for changes in programs. The proposed two-monthly submission to the Commission of current program data, however, is too close-knit and should not lead to a further complication of data collection systems.

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