Well Spent campaign: How to better spend the EU budget
EU Supported Regional Projects that Support the Environment
During times of economic and environmental crisis, Cohesion Policy needs to do more to guide investments that are sustainable and innovative, and that really benefit the public by involving them directly in project implementation and monitoring.
- Twenty-five percent of the next EU budget (2014-2020) to be devoted to projects and initiatives directed towards building a decarbonized economy across Europe.
- The future EU budget to support measures for environmental protection and resource efficiency, including protection for biodiversity and ecosystems across all Europe’s regions.
- Improvements in the result orientation of the Cohesion Policy, through conditions and a robust performance framework.
- Strong partnerships between relevant stakeholders to be an integral feature of the Cohesion Policy at all stages. This can be achieved by agreeing to multi-level governance and adhering to the European Code of Conduct.
- Sustainable development to become central to the entire scope of the EU’s Cohesion Policy. We also need a strong oversight of these projects at all stages so that guidelines are strictly followed. This would include introducing climate and biodiversity tracking systems at all levels.
- Sustainable, effective and environmentally focused initiatives are out there – the task now is for future funds to multiply them all across the EU.
WWF European Policy Office,
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