EU Cohesion Policy 2020 on Review

EU Cohesion Policy 2020 on ReviewCountries across the Europe make massive investments to promote regional development and reduce inequality, goals which have been at the heart of the EU policy and integration framework for decades.

This week HD Asia Advisory Managing Partner Bernardus Djonoputro speak before leaders in the field of regional development and innovation from Europe and beyond, to share his insights as perspective on EU from outside the EU. During the meeting, it was also discussed various cross-cutting framework to share and compare alternative models for the reformed EU Cohesion Policy 2020.

The meeting in Salzburg Austria, include agenda such as addressing key challenges and opportunities to boost competitiveness and sustainable growth. Making over €350 billion available to invest in Europe’s real economy, the reformed Cohesion Policy is the EU’s principal investment tool to deliver the Europe 2020 goals: creating growth and jobs, tackling climate change and energy dependence, and reducing poverty and social exclusion. Operating at local, regional and trans-boundary levels, it is perhaps one of the most pioneering and ambitious components of the European construction and solidarity and a key framework for innovation and investment to benefit communities and social groups.

As President of the Indonesian Assoc. Of Urban and Regional Planners, Bernardus also shared best practices and case studies from Asia, and he specifically addressed issues of urban development to highlight zones of potential exclusion as well as policies for community engagements.

Mr. Djonoputro joined a high-level roster of speakers and plenary session leaders, including the EC Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, Ronald Hall, Principal Advisor to DG REGIO; Rudiger Ahrend, Head of Regional Economic and Government Unit, OECD; and Madlen Serban, Director, European Training Foundation.