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BUDGET/COHESION POLICY : MARITIME REGIONS PLEASED WITH BUDGET REVIEW.

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) welcomes the 'core role given to cohesion policy in the European Commission's proposals' for the EU budget review, adopted on 19 October. CPMR President Jean-Yves Le Drian particularly welcomes the proposal to introduce development and investment partnership contracts between the Commission and member states, which reflect the involvement of partners at national and regional level. 'The European Commission has embraced the idea of a territorial pact that the CPMR has been promoting since 2008 - a political contractual agreement between all partners, from the EU down to the regional authorities.' For the CPMR, such a pact would help to ensure the success of EU policies, especially cohesion policy. 'We will be keeping a close eye on how regions will effectively be involved in defining and implementing these contracts,' warned Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The CPMR nevertheless regrets that there is hardly any reference in the Commission's document to the objective of territorial cohesion, which is written into the Treaty of Lisbon. 'As we have underlined in our positions, all EU policies must contribute coherently towards achieving this objective, not just cohesion policy,' pointed out Le Drian.

Since the Commission's communication makes cohesion policy a major instrument for implementing the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, the CPMR notes that the budget 'needs to deliver' on challenges, but does not mention any figures at this stage.

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