Marius Niculae

On 6th October 2011 the European Commission adopted a draft legislative package for the Cohesion Policy for the funding period 2014 – 2020. According to the draft regulations, European Territorial Cooperation will be continued and even reinforced as separate cohesion goal. The existing strands of cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation will be maintained.

The European Commission presented its views on the future transnational programme areas on 18 December 2012 to be adopted by means of implementing act. The new regulatory framework (EC Draft Common Provision Regulation, Annex 1, Article 7(2) and Draft ETC Regulation, Article 3(3) provides that relevant transnational cooperation programmes shall assist the implementation of macro-regional strategies to ensure a consistent approach between them.

According to the proposal, the European Commission has proposed that the present area of the South East Europe Programme Transnational Cooperation Programme be covered in the next programming period 2014-2020 by two transnational programmes: Danube and South East Gateway. These two new programmes will support the development and implementation of two Macro Regional Strategies: Danube and Adriatic-Ionian Regions. The European Commission proposal on 2nd August 2013 revised the geographic scope as well as the name of one of those programmes, South East Gateway, to Adriatic Ionian Programme in order to ensure coherence with the respective forthcoming EU macro-regional strategy. A third transnational programme in the area was proposed by the EC in December 2013: Balkan-Mediterranean.

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