The Committee of the Regions is committed to monitoring the implementation of Europe 2020 on the ground and will continue with successive editions of the Report, every December, in the coming years.
In the 1st Monitoring Report, the CoR and its Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform analysed if the partnership approach has been already used in the preparations of draft National Reform Programmes.
This first assessment, though still only partially complete shows that, in numerous Member States local and regional authorities have, in various ways, been able to express their points of view on the content of the first drafts of the NRPs, which had to be transmitted to the Commission by 12 November. However, partnership between national governments, regions and cities on the design and implementation of the NRPs has not yet become a diffuse, structured and permanent approach.
The European Commission must insist that Member States prepare the final versions of the NRPs, to be finalised by April 2011, using the partnership approach, possibly through Territorial Pacts that include binding commitments from all sides. The need for such an approach emerges from practical examples in various fields (e.g. sustainable energy, innovation and youth policy), as summarised in the Report. Since the NRPs will have to deal with fundamental challenges regarding the future of competitiveness and cohesion in the Union, the Report also summarises the Committee's stance on the more important issues on the agenda for the next few months.
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R_CDR322-2010_PT5a_NB - ITEM 5a) FIRST COR MONITORING REPORT ON EUROPE 2020 - Bureau memo
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R_CDR322-2010_PT5b_NB - ITEM 5b) FIRST COR MONITORING REPORT ON EUROPE 2020 - Bureau memo
CoR Press Release: 02.12.2010 - "I need you to push member states on territorial pacts", Commission President Barroso tells CoR plenary