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The meeting of heads of departments in Prague as part of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU continues on Friday with an informal meeting of ministers responsible for cohesion policy in the countries of the European Union (EU), whose task is to develop regions and reduce differences between them. Ministers will discuss the role of cohesion policy in dealing with the impact of unpredictable events, such as pandemics, wars or natural disasters. The meeting will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister for Digitization and Minister for Regional Development Ivan Bartoš (Pirates).
The first part of the meeting will focus on the debate on the importance of developing regions, thereby increasing the living standards of citizens and their competitiveness, and on the direction of their support after 2027. The second block will be dedicated to the role of cohesion policy in dealing with the impacts, recovery and strengthening of the resilience of regions in the event of unpredictable events caused by crisis due to the coronavirus, the war in Ukraine or natural disasters.
In addition to the development of regions, cohesion policies are involved, for example, in digitization or climate solutions such as decarbonization. New European trends and their contribution to the regions will also be the topic of the ministers’ debate.
After Thursday’s dinner in the Strahov Monastery, Friday is the business day. The European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, will be present, and representatives of the European Parliament (REGI Committee), the European Court of Auditors, the European Committee of the Regions or the European Economic Community will join the meeting.
As part of the EU’s cohesion policy, funds are distributed to support regions, for example the modernization of hospitals, schools or support for cyber security, through funds. The Czechia could draw 535 billion crowns from them in the period 2014 to 2020 and 550 billion crowns in the new period 2021 to 2027.
The Czech Republic has held the presidency of the European Union since the beginning of July. Defense ministers and foreign ministers of European countries met in Prague this week. In the middle of the month, the ministers responsible for cohesion policy will be followed by the ministers of health, economy and finance and the ministers of agriculture.