The achievements of the regional policy in 2009

DG REGIO’s Annual Activity Report 2009 is now available online

The report highlights all the main achievements in regional policy during 2009 involving the 334 Operational Programmes that DG REGIO, in partnership with the Member States, is responsible for. Some issues covered in the report include how European cohesion policy has been used to deliver the EU’s Economic Recovery Plan, adopted by the Commission in November 2008. € 4.5 billion in EU funding was released in April 2009 in the form of advanced payments to Member States from the cohesion policy budget. The investment, which represents more than 40% of the Community’s contribution to the Plan, brings the total of advance payments made by the Commission to nearly € 23.3 billion since 2007. Finally, the report describes some of the changes to the existing cohesion policy regulations which entered in force in 2009 and will help simplify administrative arrangements in the day-to-day management of the programmes.

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