Strengthen cross-border cooperation in Europe, one of the five priority areas of the Joint Action Plan Plan signed by the European Commission and the CoRFebruary 2022
On 25 January, the European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission signed a Joint Action Plan signed to enhance cooperation to support regions in the transition towards a more inclusive, sustainable and digital Europe.
The aim is to support local and regional authorities in effectively using the €500 billion available in EU structural funds and national co-funding and secure their consistency and complementarity with the Recovery and Resilience Facility.
Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, underlined that "both during the crisis and now in the midst of recovery, cohesion policy proved to be the backbone of the EU development and solidarity models. Whatever the challenge, from green and just transition to digital revolution, from demographic changes to the vision for rural areas, cohesion policy is there to ensure that all regions benefit fully, and that no region is left behind."
Cross-border cooperation is one of the five priority areas of the plan: :
- Support local and regional authorities managing the EU funds
- Promote synergies and avoid overlaps between structural funds and other financing sources such as the Recovery and Resilience Facility
- Promote the idea of cohesion as an overall and fundamental value of the European Union
- Strengthen the cross-border cooperation
- Communicate the cohesion's added value on the ground