In the report of the Presidency of the European Council, released in the past June 7th, summarizing the results of the negotiations between the EC, the EP and the Council of the EU on the legislative package for the Cohesion Policy for 2021-2027, the Parliament and the Council want the EAFRD to be explicitly mentioned as a supporting fund for the Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) instrument in the new Common Provisions Regulation (CPR).
The EC’s proposal for Article 25 of the CPR, concerning CLLD, stated that “the ERDF, the ESF+ and the EMFF may support community-led local development”, but the EP and the Council agreed that the EAFRD could also be referred as a supporting fund for CLLD in the CPR (Amendment 188, page 63).
Like in previous versions of CLLD, the Commission proposal defines LAGs “composed of representatives of public and private local socio-economic interests, in which no single interest group control the decision-making”, but the EP explicitly asks to include public sector in these interest groups.
Regarding the CLLD strategies, the European Parliament stresses the importance of guarantee of the “corresponding national public contributions, upfront for the whole period”.
The Council will debate, on a public session, the legislative package for Cohesion Policy for the period from 2021 to 2027 on the 25th of June.