Report from the EC to the EU Parliament, the Council, the EESC and the CoR on implementation of EU macro-regional strategies
The report gives an assessment of the macro-regional strategies (MRS), evaluates state of implementation, takes stock of the main results and gives examples of good practice. It also draws recommendations on possible further developments in the light of the future cohesion policy.
On 16 December 2016, the Commission adopted the first report on the implementation of MRS1 which now involve 19 EU and 8 non-EU countries. These MRS have become an integral part of the EU policy framework; they offer strong potential and contribute in a unique and innovative way to cooperation within the EU and with neighbouring countries. Since the Commission’s first Report on the implementation of the MRS in 2016, the favourable development of the economic environment in the EU and in the Western Balkans9 has created a more positive setting for implementing the MRS.
The purpose of the current Report is two-fold. Firstly, it assesses the implementation of the four MRS in this encouraging economic context which may have helped countries improve their long-term strategic cooperation approach. Secondly, it considers possible development of the MRS in light of the post-2020 draft regulations.