Report on Multilevel Governance and Partnership

The Van den Brande Report
Prepared at the request of the Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy Johannes Hahn

When in October 2011 I was asked by Commissioner Johannes Hahn to advise him on how the role of regions and municipalities could be strengthened in cohesion policy, I considered that the time was right for the European Commission to put forward some ambitious new proposals to improve the delivery of cohesion policy. A key issue in this respect is to find new ways to increase ownership both vertically amongst all levels of governance and horizontally involving all relevant societal partners in all the stages related to the design and delivery of the Operational Programmes.