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2007/2191(INI) Impact of cohesion policy on the integration of vulnerable communities and groups

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RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead REGI HARANGOZÓ Gábor (icon: PSE PSE)
Committee Opinion AGRI FIGUEIREDO Ilda (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 052

Events

2008/07/16
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2008/06/17
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2008/06/17
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 348 votes to 75, with 236 abstentions, a resolution on the impact of cohesion policy on the integration of vulnerable communities and groups.

The own initiative report had been tabled for consideration in plenary by Gábor HARANGOZO (PES, HU) on behalf of the Committee on Regional Development.

The resolution recalls that most of the least favoured micro-regional territories are facing complex multi-dimensional problems relating to their peripheral location, reduced accessibility, lack of basic infrastructure, socio-economic under-development, tendency to de-industrialisation, low levels of education and training, lack of administrative capacity, high levels of unemployment, deteriorating housing and living conditions, difficult access to services of general interest, lack of conditions for technological development and progress and large populations of segregated minorities and vulnerable groups.

Based on these considerations, the Parliament stresses that the territorial concentration of vulnerable communities and groups and the social exclusion affecting the most underdeveloped regions is an increasing challenge to cohesion in the EU. It notes, in this regard, that vulnerable groups may exist in all regions, even the more prosperous ones, and that an integrated approach should take such groups into account.

MEPs consider that the territorial dimension of social exclusion should be dealt with in the context of territorial cohesion policy. Member States are called upon to determine the criteria defining vulnerable communities and groups in order to better identify the problems they face and to facilitate targeted and systematic measures. MEPs also emphasise the importance of involving regional and local authorities as well as the economic and social partners and relevant NGOs in the planning and implementation of integrated development strategies and the importance of supporting bottom-up initiatives.

The resolution points out that impoverishment and exclusion are not unique to urban areas but also affect rural areas and therefore calls for the continuance of income-generating activities in rural areas. The Commission and the Member States are called upon to allocate resources between developed cities and isolated territories, including rural areas, in a way that is adapted to their specific needs and to establish tailor-made long-term programmes for specific vulnerable communities and groups.

MEPs urge the Commission and the Member States to make greater use of the synergies and complementarities of the various financial instruments available, such as the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Social Fund, the European Integration Fund, the programme of Community action on public health and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, in order to increase their added value.

Furthermore, the resolution emphasises the need to address the demographic trends of further urban concentration and rural exodus and their territorial impact. It calls therefore on the Member States to draw up strategies to revitalise vulnerable areas by developing infrastructure, maintaining services of general interest, offering appropriate training and employment opportunities, improving housing and increasing the attractiveness of those areas to investors.

The Commission is called upon to:

examine the extent to which new quantifiable development indicators in addition to GDP per capita, such as social indicators, should also be used in order to identify the most vulnerable communities and groups; present, in the framework of the forthcoming Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion, an objective for and a clear definition of territorial cohesion, the criteria determining it, its instruments and the means available for achieving territorial targets; present a specific proposal addressing in a realistic and specific manner the problems faced by vulnerable communities and groups, including social exclusion.

Documents
2008/06/17
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2008/06/16
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2008/06/03
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Documents
2008/06/03
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Documents
2008/05/29
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Regional Development adopted an own initiative report by Gábor HARANGOZO (PES, HU) on the impact of cohesion policy on the integration of vulnerable communities and groups.

The report stresses that the territorial concentration of vulnerable communities and groups and the social exclusion affecting the most underdeveloped regions is an increasing challenge to cohesion in the EU. It notes, in this regard, that vulnerable groups may exist in all regions, even the more prosperous ones, and that an integrated approach should take such groups into account.

MEPs consider that the territorial dimension of social exclusion should be dealt with in the context of territorial cohesion policy. Member States are called upon to determine the criteria defining vulnerable communities and groups in order to better identify the problems they face and to facilitate targeted and systematic measures.

The parliamentary committee points out that impoverishment and exclusion are not unique to urban areas but also affect rural areas. It calls on the Commission and the Member States to allocate resources between developed cities and isolated territories, including rural areas, in a way that is adapted to their specific needs and to establish tailor-made long-term programmes for specific vulnerable communities and groups.

MEPs urge the Commission and the Member States to make greater use of the synergies and complementarities of the various financial instruments available, such as the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Social Fund, the European Integration Fund, the programme of Community action on public health and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, in order to increase their added value.

Furthermore, the report emphasises the need to address the demographic trends of further urban concentration and rural exodus and their territorial impact; calls therefore on the Member States to draw up strategies to revitalise vulnerable areas by developing infrastructure, maintaining services of general interest, offering appropriate training and employment opportunities, improving housing and increasing the attractiveness of those areas to investors.

The Commission is called upon to:

examine the extent to which new quantifiable development indicators in addition to GDP per capita, such as social indicators, should also be used in order to identify the most vulnerable communities and groups; present, in the framework of the forthcoming Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion, an objective for and a clear definition of territorial cohesion, the criteria determining it, its instruments and the means available for achieving territorial targets; present a specific proposal addressing in a realistic and specific manner the problems faced by vulnerable communities and groups, including social exclusion.

2008/05/06
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2008/04/18
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2008/03/18
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2008/01/21
   EP - FIGUEIREDO Ilda (GUE/NGL) appointed as rapporteur in AGRI
2007/09/27
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2007/06/25
   EP - HARANGOZÓ Gábor (PSE) appointed as rapporteur in REGI

Documents

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Rapport Harangozó A6-0212/2008 - am. 7

2008/06/17 Outcome: -: 586, +: 61, 0: 20
SE ?? LU EE MT LV CY AT SI DK FI SK IE LT BG BE NL EL CZ PT HU RO FR ES PL IT GB DE
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Rapport Harangozó A6-0212/2008 - par. 20

2008/06/17 Outcome: +: 588, -: 59, 0: 12
DE IT FR ES PL RO HU PT NL EL CZ BG GB BE FI LT SK AT IE DK LV SI CY LU EE MT ?? SE
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Rapport Harangozó A6-0212/2008 - cons. M

2008/06/17 Outcome: +: 569, -: 67, 0: 20
DE GB PL ES FR IT RO HU PT EL CZ NL BG LT BE IE SK FI DK SE AT SI LV CY EE MT LU ??
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Rapport Harangozó A6-0212/2008 - résolution

2008/06/17 Outcome: +: 348, 0: 236, -: 75
IT PL FR ES GB RO PT DE HU BG LT BE NL DK FI CZ EL IE SK LV CY EE AT SI LU MT ?? SE
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AmendmentsDossier
112 2007/2191(INI)
2008/04/07 AGRI 12 amendments...
source: PE-404.536
2008/04/18 REGI 100 amendments...
source: PE-405.744

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  • date: 2008-05-06T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE402.902&secondRef=02 title: PE402.902 committee: AGRI type: Committee opinion body: EP
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  • date: 2008-07-16T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=15146&j=0&l=en title: SP(2008)4439 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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  • date: 2007-09-27T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2008-05-29T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: The Committee on Regional Development adopted an own initiative report by Gábor HARANGOZO (PES, HU) on the impact of cohesion policy on the integration of vulnerable communities and groups. The report stresses that the territorial concentration of vulnerable communities and groups and the social exclusion affecting the most underdeveloped regions is an increasing challenge to cohesion in the EU. It notes, in this regard, that vulnerable groups may exist in all regions, even the more prosperous ones, and that an integrated approach should take such groups into account. MEPs consider that the territorial dimension of social exclusion should be dealt with in the context of territorial cohesion policy. Member States are called upon to determine the criteria defining vulnerable communities and groups in order to better identify the problems they face and to facilitate targeted and systematic measures. The parliamentary committee points out that impoverishment and exclusion are not unique to urban areas but also affect rural areas. It calls on the Commission and the Member States to allocate resources between developed cities and isolated territories, including rural areas, in a way that is adapted to their specific needs and to establish tailor-made long-term programmes for specific vulnerable communities and groups. MEPs urge the Commission and the Member States to make greater use of the synergies and complementarities of the various financial instruments available, such as the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Social Fund, the European Integration Fund, the programme of Community action on public health and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, in order to increase their added value. Furthermore, the report emphasises the need to address the demographic trends of further urban concentration and rural exodus and their territorial impact; calls therefore on the Member States to draw up strategies to revitalise vulnerable areas by developing infrastructure, maintaining services of general interest, offering appropriate training and employment opportunities, improving housing and increasing the attractiveness of those areas to investors. The Commission is called upon to: examine the extent to which new quantifiable development indicators in addition to GDP per capita, such as social indicators, should also be used in order to identify the most vulnerable communities and groups; present, in the framework of the forthcoming Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion, an objective for and a clear definition of territorial cohesion, the criteria determining it, its instruments and the means available for achieving territorial targets; present a specific proposal addressing in a realistic and specific manner the problems faced by vulnerable communities and groups, including social exclusion.
  • date: 2008-06-03T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2008-212&language=EN title: A6-0212/2008
  • date: 2008-06-16T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20080616&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2008-06-17T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=15146&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2008-06-17T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2008-288 title: T6-0288/2008 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 348 votes to 75, with 236 abstentions, a resolution on the impact of cohesion policy on the integration of vulnerable communities and groups. The own initiative report had been tabled for consideration in plenary by Gábor HARANGOZO (PES, HU) on behalf of the Committee on Regional Development. The resolution recalls that most of the least favoured micro-regional territories are facing complex multi-dimensional problems relating to their peripheral location, reduced accessibility, lack of basic infrastructure, socio-economic under-development, tendency to de-industrialisation, low levels of education and training, lack of administrative capacity, high levels of unemployment, deteriorating housing and living conditions, difficult access to services of general interest, lack of conditions for technological development and progress and large populations of segregated minorities and vulnerable groups. Based on these considerations, the Parliament stresses that the territorial concentration of vulnerable communities and groups and the social exclusion affecting the most underdeveloped regions is an increasing challenge to cohesion in the EU. It notes, in this regard, that vulnerable groups may exist in all regions, even the more prosperous ones, and that an integrated approach should take such groups into account. MEPs consider that the territorial dimension of social exclusion should be dealt with in the context of territorial cohesion policy. Member States are called upon to determine the criteria defining vulnerable communities and groups in order to better identify the problems they face and to facilitate targeted and systematic measures. MEPs also emphasise the importance of involving regional and local authorities as well as the economic and social partners and relevant NGOs in the planning and implementation of integrated development strategies and the importance of supporting bottom-up initiatives. The resolution points out that impoverishment and exclusion are not unique to urban areas but also affect rural areas and therefore calls for the continuance of income-generating activities in rural areas. The Commission and the Member States are called upon to allocate resources between developed cities and isolated territories, including rural areas, in a way that is adapted to their specific needs and to establish tailor-made long-term programmes for specific vulnerable communities and groups. MEPs urge the Commission and the Member States to make greater use of the synergies and complementarities of the various financial instruments available, such as the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Social Fund, the European Integration Fund, the programme of Community action on public health and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, in order to increase their added value. Furthermore, the resolution emphasises the need to address the demographic trends of further urban concentration and rural exodus and their territorial impact. It calls therefore on the Member States to draw up strategies to revitalise vulnerable areas by developing infrastructure, maintaining services of general interest, offering appropriate training and employment opportunities, improving housing and increasing the attractiveness of those areas to investors. The Commission is called upon to: examine the extent to which new quantifiable development indicators in addition to GDP per capita, such as social indicators, should also be used in order to identify the most vulnerable communities and groups; present, in the framework of the forthcoming Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion, an objective for and a clear definition of territorial cohesion, the criteria determining it, its instruments and the means available for achieving territorial targets; present a specific proposal addressing in a realistic and specific manner the problems faced by vulnerable communities and groups, including social exclusion.
  • date: 2008-06-17T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
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  • date: 2007-09-27T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: False committee: AGRI date: 2008-01-21T00:00:00 committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development rapporteur: group: GUE/NGL name: FIGUEIREDO Ilda body: EP responsible: True committee: REGI date: 2007-06-25T00:00:00 committee_full: Regional Development rapporteur: group: PSE name: HARANGOZÓ Gábor
  • date: 2008-05-29T00:00:00 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: False committee: AGRI date: 2008-01-21T00:00:00 committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development rapporteur: group: GUE/NGL name: FIGUEIREDO Ilda body: EP responsible: True committee: REGI date: 2007-06-25T00:00:00 committee_full: Regional Development rapporteur: group: PSE name: HARANGOZÓ Gábor type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
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  • date: 2008-06-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20080616&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament body: EP type: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2008-06-17T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=15146&l=en type: Results of vote in Parliament title: Results of vote in Parliament url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2008-288 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading title: T6-0288/2008 body: EP type: Results of vote in Parliament
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  • body: EP responsible: True committee: REGI date: 2007-06-25T00:00:00 committee_full: Regional Development rapporteur: group: PSE name: HARANGOZÓ Gábor
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