The Regional Development Committee questioned Elisa Ferreira, candidate for the Cohesion and Reforms portfolio.
No region will be left behind
During her introductory speech, Ms Ferreira mentioned that cohesion policy must be at the top of the EU agenda, and pledged for more coherence between EU policies.
She said that structural reforms and cohesion must strengthen each other.
She underlined her willingness to build a tailored cohesion policy for all regions, from outermost to mountainous and coal regions.
Her motto will be “no region will be left behind”.
She added that cohesion policy spending should be strongly linked to the European green deal and digital objectives.
She also engaged in building a special and strong partnership with the Regional Development Committee throughout her mandate.
MEPs put forward several questions on how she plans to defend a strong budget for cohesion in the next MFF, reduce territorial disparities and simplify and accelerate the implementation of cohesion policy.
Several questions also referred to the role of cohesion policy in tackling climate change in order to achieve a zero carbon economy, and to the proposed “Just Transition Fund” meant to support regions most affected by the transition to a green economy.
Members also questioned the Commissioner-designate on the macro-economic and rule of law conditionality.
Watch the video recording of the full hearing here.
At the end of the hearing, Committee Chair Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL, FR), together with Commissioner-designate Elisa Ferreira, held a press point outside the meeting room: watch it here.
The hearing was chaired by Younous Omarjee. Members from the associated Committees (Budget and Economic & Monetary Affairs) also participated in the hearing.