ACTIVITIES > EU 2020 strategy and Budget
The CPMR has a position in favour of a budget of an allocative nature for all European regions, based on a territorial approach and not sectoral, in coherence with the EU2020 strategy. In fact, a sectoral approach would lead to a geographic concentration that would prevent a majority of regions from developing their competitiveness.
The CPMR recalls that the inherent legal basis of cohesion policy excludes any sort of renationalisation that would transform it into a mere instrument for redistributing funds between States, without any conditionality or guarantee of results.
As for Europe 2020, the CPMR supports the EU2020 vision of a society - and not just an economy – which is strongly knowledge-based, more open, more sustainable, greener society which is able to ensure social and territorial cohesion. It also supports a EU2020 strategy as a single overarching strategy embodying the EU core priorities and integrating all existing thematic strategies.
It regrets, however, the extent to which the EU2020 Strategy disregards any territorial approach, fails to specify the arrangements for involving regional authorities under the partnership approach it is promoting and maintains a rather unambitious vision of the principle of territorial cohesion. Consequently, the CPMR calls for the introduction of a territorial take on this strategy, the specification of arrangements for implementing the partnership approach it is encouraging, and specification of the scope it wishes to give to the political principle of territorial cohesion, which is now included in the Lisbon Treaty.
In this respect, the peripheral and maritime regions have repeatedly invited the European Commission to introduce a "Territorial Pact
" in order for the EU2020 strategy to be better taken on board by all economic groups in Europe’s Regions.