European structural funds: new programmes in the pipeline
On 15 March 2013, around 200 social-economic stakeholders and regional operators gathered in Brussels to start working on the European Structural Funds 2014-2020, a major opportunity in terms of economic development and employment. This “partnership approach” is founded on the involvement of key stakeholders, the authorities and current and potential operators, and is advocated by the European Commission in the framework of the preparation of the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and ESF (European Social Fund) programmes. The ERDF unit of the Brussels-Capital Region was responsible for conducting the required studies for preparing the Brussels operational programmes, together with Actiris and the consultants of Perspective Consulting. The objective was to establish a diagnosis for the Region, allowing it to define adequate programmes while taking into account the European regulatory framework and the Europe 2020 strategy.