With €350 billion for the period 2007-2013, the EU’s Cohesion Policy is a formidable investment tool for promoting regional development across the 27 Member States. While the EU is misguided in many of the projects it supports, through investments promoting fossil fuels, carbon-intensive projects or the destruction of nature, sometimes it does get it right.
For the 2014-2020 period, a budget of over a trillion euro is under negotiation, a third of which should be invested in regional policy. This map offers excellent examples from across the EU of projects that must become the benchmark for future Cohesion Policy.
The website displays some of the best-practice Cohesion Policy investments in infrastructure projects that have been realized recently. They all have been tailored towards social and environmental ends in order to ensure direct benefits for the designated region or community.
Latte Creative produced a rich infographic with details of the main European projects in ten areas.