The future of Europe’s regional development after 2020 will be discussed at a joint meeting of the Directors General responsible for Territorial Cohesion and Urban Matters of the EU on 19 April 2018 in Sofia.
The approach to structuring and developing the EU’s regions after 2020 will be a major topic of the meeting, which is hosted by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDPW). Achieving a balanced development of the regions and support for polycentric cities – centres of economic growth and development in the EU – is a key priority in the dialogue and planning of the next programming period after 2020. The discussions expected shall contribute to the formulation of concrete proposals for mechanisms and approaches to support balanced territorial development by promoting investment in less populated areas in peripheral regions, in addition to investing in large economic centres. The Directors General responsible for Territorial Cohesion and Urban Matters will also discuss the possibility of linking cohesion policy issues more closely with territorial development and urban policy, thus making the most of the potential for urban growth.