Building blocks for a post-2020 EU Cohesion Policy

This May, the European Parliament published a Report outlining its vision about the future of EU cohesion policy. Their Report is, to a degree, a response to the Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe from March 2017, which presented 5 possible scenarios for a post-Brexit Europe 2025. Here are the main takeaways from the EP’s outlook for a modernised post-2020 Cohesion Policy.
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Focusing on Circular Economy: Seminar & study visit report

5 Main Takeaways from Seminar & Study Visit “Focusing on Circular Economy” From 1-2 June 2017 ETCP Seminar & Study Visit “Focusing on Circular Economy“ took place  in Copenhagen, with support from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and European Environment Agency (EEA). It was a partner event of EU Green Week, European Commission’s annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy. To spread the word about the important lessons learned during the event, here are our key takeaways from Copenhagen:
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ETCP 2017 Calendar

2017 Training Calendar: September – December 5-day seminar | Covering EU Funds Management from A-Z Date: 4-8 December 2017 Location: Paris (France)
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Apply for RegioStars Award 2017

RegioStars Awards identify good practices in regional development and innovative projects that are inspiring to other regions. If you think your project deserves to be in the spotlight, submit an application with an endorsement of the responsible Managing Authority. This year’s RegioStars Award ceremony will take place on 10 October, during European Week of Regions and Cities.
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Mont-Saint-Michel in France supported by ERDF

Every year, the rocky islet of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy welcomes 2.5 million visitors from all over the world. Tourism, as well as the natural changes occuring over the years, are taking a toll on the islet. This is why Mont-Saint-Michel is gradually turning to sustainable economic development and high-quality tourism.
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Renewable energy: EU Member States closer to 20% target

The Renewable energy progress report was published on 1 February 2017. Having reached a share of 16% renewables in 2014 and nearly 16.4% in 2015, the EU as a whole is well on track to reach its 20% target by 2020. However, Member States will have to keep up their efforts in order to reach their national goals.
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Two towns, one urban centre project

In January 2017 Interreg Estonia-Latvia approved 28 projects. The selected projects will focus on 3 cooperation priorities: among Estonian and Latvian entrepreneurs, fostering labor mobility and creating a better living environment between the two countries. The full list of selected 28 projects can be found here. Read more: http://www.estlat.eu/news/programme-news/7256/ 
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Integrity Pact in Practice: A Bulgarian example

As of October 2016 Transparency International Bulgaria is conducting an independent civil monitoring over the public procurement procedure for building the longest tunnel in Bulgaria – the Cohesion funded-Zheleznitsa tunnel.
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