7th Cohesion Forum launches the discussions on the post-2020 EU Cohesion Policy

EURoma participated in the Seventh Cohesion Forum with the aim of promotion that the improvement of the situation of the EU Roma population remains high on the political agenda of the post-2020 framework.


26-27 June 2017 [editar]

The Cohesion Forum is a large-scale political event held every three years. The 7th Cohesion Forum brought together over 700 persons including high-level representatives from European institutions, central governments, regional and local representatives, economic and social partners, NGOs and academics.

Keynote speeches were delivered by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat. The event included panel debates and parallel workshops on critical issues regarding the future of Europe and the future of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds).  [editar]Elements such as the role of different ESI Funds, the ex-ante conditionalities, the country-specific-recommendations or the role of private funding were reviewed.

This year’s event was a milestone in the preparations for the post-2020 framework for the ESI Funds. The conclusions will feed into the 7th Cohesion Report to be released later on in the year.

The Forum was a unique opportunity for decision-makers, stakeholders and practitioners to discuss how EU policies can improve the living conditions and opportunities for all European citizens against the background of globalisation, technological change and growing inequalities. It is a chance to formulate a cohesion policy response to the main economic and social challenges for the European Union and improve the delivery of results to the citizens.

Cohesion policy needs to reflect on the demanding challenge of making Europe’s economy more inclusive, competitive and resilient and must address the questions raised by the White paper on the future of Europe about the added value of EU policies, subsidiarity, and gaps between promise and delivery.

More information about the event including the agenda and keynote speeches  are available at: