Contribution of the Regional Policy to eco-innovation and environmental technologies Pierre Godin, European Commission DG Regional Policy AER-ARE / ECREIN Conference 1st June 2007, Stuttgart. EU Cohesion Policy (CP): objectives and context. Reducing the regional disparities
Contribution of the Regional Policyto eco-innovation and environmental technologies Pierre Godin, European Commission DG Regional PolicyAER-ARE / ECREIN Conference 1st June 2007, Stuttgart
EI&ET offers economic opportunities for CP by:
To play synergies, it is necessary to reduce the administrative burden on the regions by simplifying the implementation of the environmental legislation.
SGC focus on the following priorities:
EI&ET are cross-cutting these 3 priorities.
Strengthening synergies environment / growth:
Ensuring full exploitation of European strengths in the area of eco-innovations:
The 3rd priority covers, in particular:
Although eco-innovation and environmental technologies are not explicitly mentioned under this priority, they should be taken into consideration.
ERDF shall ensure SD (Art. 2), in particular:
under the European Cohesion Fund (CF)
CF is established for the purpose of strengthening the economic and social cohesion of the Community in the interest of promoting SD (Art.1)
One of the two priorities is the environment, namely:
EI&ET within the implementing documents of the Member States (NSRFs and OPs)
EI&ET in the preparation and implementation of OPs / projects (SEA & EIA)
Member States (MS) have to apply two Directives adopted under the EU environmental policy to provide a high level of protection of the environment and to contribute to the integration of environmental considerations:
Both SEA & EIA require a consultation (environmental authorities / public). Results have to be taken in consideration. Any decision that could damage the environment must be justified and accompanied by appropriate compensatory measures.
EI&ET can reduce the pressure on environment of programmes and projects.
Balancing financial allocations between the different priorities of the Cohesion Policy (CP)
Figures based on the proposed OPs (not yet adopted) and on the categorisation of Funds assistance:
Not easy to calculate allocations of CP to EI&ET:
Main differences with CIP (Competitiveness and Innovation Programme), FP (Framework Programme for Research (FP-RTD) and LIFE, are:
Consequences on the probability for funding EI&ET:
Authorities responsible for CP, CIP & FP should develop synergies.
Thank you for your attention!