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Grants to support the less prosperous regions, whose development is lagging behind

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OBJECTIVE 1 programme is part of the European Structural Funds mechanism pour the 2000-2006 period (ESF, ERDF, EAGGF FIFG). For2007-2013 the programme will be replaced by the "Convergence" objective.

The "Objective 1" programme is dedicated to developing regions with a GDP ...

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  • 09 January 2007
    Registration open: Conference on regional responses to demographic challenges
    "Regional policy responses to demographic challenges" is the title of a conference organised by the European Commission on 25 and 26 January 2007, in Brussels.

  • 08 January 2007
    Regions for Economic Change: Call for Papers
    The European Commission is inviting participants to attend, on 7 and 8 March 2007, the first annual conference of the “Regions for economic change” initiative , under the title "Fostering competitiveness through innovative technologies, products and healthy communities".

  • 21 December 2006
    Malta's plan and priorities for the Cohesion policy 2007-2013
    Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner and Employment and social affairs Commissioner Vladimír Špidla congratulated the Maltese authorities for becoming the first Member State to have officially agreed with the European Commission on the national plan and priorities for Cohesion policy 2007-2...

  • 14 December 2006
    Budget 2007: New framework to boost growth in EU-27
    A record increase of spending for programmes strengthening the sustainable growth, competitiveness and cohesion of the European economy – the first yearly budget of the new Financial Framework 2007-13 translates better the Union's political priorities into budgetary figures.

  • 08 December 2006
    Implementing rules for cohesion policy 2007-2013
    Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner presented today the implementing Regulation for the Structural and Cohesion Funds.

  • 07 December 2006
    Guidance on the methodology for the Structural Funds 2007-2013
    A working document presenting the general principles of cost-benefit analysis (CBA) along with a set of working rules has become available on-line.

  • 24 November 2006
    List of regions and areas eligible for funding from the ERDF
    The list of regions and areas eligible for funding from the European Regional Development Fund (cross-border and transnational strands)has been published in Official Journal.

  • 23 November 2006
    Support for Belgian employees of the Volkswagen factory in Forest/Vorst
    The Commissioner responsible for European regional policy expressed her dismay, and that of her fellow Commissioners, at their weekly meeting held this Wednesday, 22 November, following the announcement of job losses at the Belgian Volkswagen factory in Forest/Vorst.

  • 07 July 2006
    The Eu strategy towards outermost regions
    Mrs Hübner and the representatives of the outermost regions discussed the measures to be adopted with regard to these regions on the basis of Article 299(2) of the Treaty, which recognises their particular difficulties and calls on the Commission and the Council to adopt specific measures in all ...

  • 24 April 2006
    Cohesion policy brings European regions quality employment and growth
    Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner is visiting Malta, on April 24 and 25, to discuss the overall impact of cohesion policy on Malta’s economy, the progress of the implementation of current 2004-2006 programming period and the preparations for the new period 2007-2013.



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