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Outline of regional initiatives

In a speech to the Regional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on 27 January 1994, Commissioner Millan outlined the main elements concerning the proposals for European Union regional initiatives which the Commission will decide within the next few weeks. Mr. Millan ...

In a speech to the Regional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on 27 January 1994, Commissioner Millan outlined the main elements concerning the proposals for European Union regional initiatives which the Commission will decide within the next few weeks. Mr. Millan said that the framework for the initiatives had not been produced as early as he would have liked because of the delay in resolving the list of eligible areas for Objective 2 regions and establishing their indicative financial allocations. The Advisory Committee of Member States had now approved this list. The Commission services had analyzed the responses to its Green Paper on the future of Community initiatives under the structural funds (COM(93) 282) and he hoped to be able to bring proposals to the Commission in the next few days. The themes in the Green Paper had been widely accepted: - Cross-border and interregional cooperation; - Rural development; - Ultra-peripheral areas; - Human resources; - Management of industrial change. A sixth theme, urban problems, had been proposed by the Parliament and will probably be added to this list. There were two issues concerning INTERREG, the Commission's programme to develop cooperation between the regions. These were whether or not INTERREG should include maritime regions, and if there should be provision in the programme for cooperation between regions regardless of where they are situated. This type of cooperation was already financed under the European Regional Development Funds (regional and local initiatives negotiated directly with the Commission without the involvement of Member States). The management of industrial change was a particular concern under the Regional Fund. Mr. Millan saw advantages in continuing certain existing initiatives because they had a clear geographical focus. On STRIDE, PRISMA and TELEMATIQUE his view was that these three initiatives should be combined and ties strengthened with SMEs established in the Objective 1 regions.

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