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Title: Sustainable Development Strategy and the Cohesion Policy Panel discussion 3: GROWs contribution to the Gothenburg Agenda through influencing environmental behaviour and policies Brussels, 18.10.07


1
Sustainable Development Strategy and the Cohesion
PolicyPanel discussion 3 GROWs contribution to
the Gothenburg Agenda through influencing
environmental behaviour and policiesBrussels,
18.10.07
  • Jonathan Parker
  • Unit for Cohesion Policy and Environmental
    Impact Assessments
  • European Commission DG ENV

2

New context Sustainable Development Strategy
(SDS) and Lisbon
3
Renewed Lisbon Strategy
  • First agreed at European Council in Lisbon in
    June 2000
  • Relaunched at Spring 2005 European Council
  • Three components economic, social
    environmental
  • Focus on growth and jobs
  • Guideline 11 of the Lisbon Integrated Guidelines
    relates to environment envt. picked up in 18 of
    25 National Reform Programmes
  • Cohesion Policy is mobilised to achieve goals
    of Lisbon Strategy

4
SDS June 2006
  • Key challenges (overall objectives, targets
    actions) 7 of them
  • Climate change and clean energy
  • Sustainable transport
  • Sustainable production and consumption (added
    2006)
  • Conservation and management of natural resources
  • Public health
  • Social inclusion, demography and migration
  • Global poverty and sustainable development
    challenges

5
Lisbon versus SDS
  • Strategies complement each other in aiming for
    structural change to adapt to new reality
  • SDS concerned with quality of life, intra- and
    intergenerational equity, policy coherence,
    external aspects
  • Lisbon essential contribution to SD as motor of a
    more dynamic economy
  • Move together so that economic, social and
    environment can reinforce each other
  • Timing Lisbon more short-term SDS longer term
  • Common elements climate change and energy

But SDS avoids mentioning trade-offs
6
Environmental financing
7
Environmental financing 2007-13
  • ? Through EU financial mechanisms
  • Structural Funds (European Regional Dev. Fund,
    European Social Fund)
  • Cohesion Fund
  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
    (EAFRD)
  • European Fisheries Fund (EFF)
  • Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA)
  • European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
    (ENPI)
  • Framework RTD programme
  • Competitiveness and Innovation Framework
    Programme (CIP)
  • Life instrument (only pure environmental
    financing)
  • Trans-European Networks (Energy, Transport)
  • Solidarity Fund
  • European Investment Bank, European Investment
    Fund
  • ? Through non-EU financial mechanisms
  • Norwegian/EEA/future Swiss financing mechanisms
  • European Bank for Reconstruction Development
  • Other banks (World Bank, Council of Europe
    Development Bank)

8
Co-ordinating environmental financing
Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) point 25
  • In order to ensure that EU funding is channelled
    and used in an optimum way to promote sustainable
    development, Member States and the Commission
    should co-ordinate to enhance complementarities
    and synergies between various strands of
    Community and other co-financing mechanisms, such
    as cohesion policy, rural development, LIFE,
    research and development (RTD), the
    Competitiveness and Innovation Program (CIP), and
    the European Fisheries Fund (EFF)
  • Adopted by the European Council, 15-16.06.06

9
Networking Existing environmental networks
relevant for Cohesion Policy
  • European Network of Environmental Authorities
    (ENEA)
  • European Platform of Regional Offices (EPRO)
  • Environment Conference of the Regions of Europe
    (ENCORE)
  • Interreg IIIC Greening of Regional Development
    Programmes (GRDP)
  • Implementation of Environmental Legislation
    (IMPEL)
  • European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN)
  • European Sustainable Cities and Towns Campaign
  • Lisbon Regions Network
  • National Cohesion/Environment networks
  • Future networks under Regions for Economic Change

10
Links between SDS and Cohesion Policy
Climate change and clean energy Achieving the Kyoto commitment on reducing GHG Renewable sources Improving energy efficiency
Sustainable transport Decoupling of transport growth and GDP growth Promoting sustainable transport infrastructure (TENs) Tackling traffic volumes, congestion, noise and pollution Encouraging integrated urban development strategies
Sustainable production and consumption Co-financing the improvement of products and processes Green Public Procurement (GPP) Increasing global market share of env. Technologies
Conservation and management of natural resources Sustainable use of resources Integrated Product Policy Halting biodiversity decline by 2010 Preserve soil functions and prevent soil threats
Public health Economic and Social Cohesion
Social inclusion, demography and migration Economic and Social Cohesion
Global poverty and sustainable development Globalisation of Cohesion Policy China, Russia and Brazil
11
On-going Commission activities
  • First Annual Stocktaking on updated SDS policy
    coherence, unsustainable trends, governance
  • 4th Cohesion Report web consultation until
    31.01.08
  • 4th European Cohesion Forum, 27-28.09.07 low
    carbon one of three top global challenges
    regularly mentioned in speeches (along with
    migration and energy)

12
European Territorial Cooperation
Interregional Cooperation
13
European Territorial co-operationInterregional
  • A programme focusing on Lisbon SDS priorities
    (INTERREG IV C)
  • A network programme for the exchange of
    experiences on urban development (URBACT II)
  • A programme for identification, transfer
    dissemination of best practice in management of
    co-operation programmes (INTERACT II)
  • A programme for studies data collection,
    observation analysis of development trends
    (ESPON II)

14
European Territorial Cooperation Regions for
Economic Change Fast-track Initiative
  • Communication adopted by Commission 8.11.06
  • Using Inter-regional Co-operation and Urban
    development to i) finance networks on around 30
    Lisbon themes ii) fast-track to test innovative
    ideas
  • INTERREG IVC and URBACT II

15
European Territorial CooperationRegions for
Economic Change Fast-track Initiative
  • Environmental themes air low carbon water
    supply and treatment coastal zones sustainable
    urban development reusing brownfields and
    landfills recycling society preventing floods
    global monitoring of environment and security
    (GMES)
  • Environmental relevant themes urban transport
    energy-efficient housing sea

16
Conclusions
  • Under Cohesion Policy, most environmental
    priorities can be co-financed. European
    Territorial Cooperation is a particular useful
    vehicle.
  • Choice lies with the MSs in light of Lisbon and
    the SDS
  • Good and timely preparation needed
  • Capacity-building at central and regional/local
    levels to maximise ensure environmental
    integration

17
  • Relevant websites
  • http//ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.htm
  • http//europa.eu.int/comm/regional_policy/interreg
    3/index.htm
  • http//ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/conferences/4t
    hcohesionforum/consultation_en.cfm?nmenu4
  • http//ec.europa.eu/environment/funding/intro_en.h
    tm
  • http//ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/cohesi
    on_policy_en.htm

18
  • Thank you for your attention
  • jonathan.parker_at_ec.europa.eu
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