ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research

07/04/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/04/2024 07:22

On The Future of EU Cohesion Policy: ZEW Project Report Unveiled in Brussels on 15 July // Keynote speech by Federal Minister Christian Lindner

Keynote speech by Federal Minister Christian Lindner

Cohesion Policy aims to reduce economic divergence between the regions of the EU and to promote catch-up processes in the least developed regions. New and significant fiscal demands on the EU budget, related to defence needs and resources required for climate action, raise the question of whether this convergence objective is still a top priority for the EU. But how effective and efficient is it really? In times of increasing budgetary needs, this question is more urgent than ever.

The Federal Ministry of Finance has commissioned ZEW to analyse the reorientation of cohesion policy. International experts will discuss the research results of this ZEW project in Brussels. The highlight of the event will be the presentation of the final report to the two EU Commissioners Elisa Ferreira and Johannes Hahn. We are also looking forward to a keynote speech by Finance Minister Christian Lindner.