The risks for increased regional disparities caused by crises and the geopolitical situation have significantly increased. Since Cohesion Policy is the main policy focused on the socioeconomic development of EU regions and striving to decrease disparities among them it should be adapted to the needs of these territories. The objective of social, economic and territorial cohesion is at the heart of the European project.
There’s no change in sight to this current challenging situation for a long period of time. This will set its mark on the development of the regions bordering Russia for a long time. The joint challenges that regions bordering Russia and Belarus are facing should be tackled by interregional and transnational collaboration initiatives and proactively building up the competitiveness of regions, resilience, and security of supply.
The Regional Council of Kymenlaakso calls for the EU and other regions to start cooperation and work towards a new cross-border program. The preparation of the new program should start immediately.
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