During the opening of the European Week of Cities and Regions, held 9 October, in Brussels, the European Committee of the Regions and the leading European associations of cities and regions, including EUROCITIES, have launched the #CohesionAlliance. The coalition aims to gather all those who believe that EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU's future, and asks that the future of the EU budget should make cohesion policy stronger, more effective, visible and available for every region in the European Union.
With the European Commission's proposal for the EU budget after 2020 expected to be published in May 2018, the #CohesionAlliance is looking ahead to the future investment strategy for Europe.
An increasing number of mayors, presidents of regions and local leaders from across Europe, together with Members of the European Parliament and civil society and business associations representatives are signing up to the #CohesionAlliance declaration.
The coalition goals, set out by the European Committee of the Regions President, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, were reinforced at the “Building the Cohesion Alliance” event on 11 October by the representatives of leading associations of European cities and regions, including the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR) and EUROCITIES, represented by president Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent.