A Cohesion Alliance was launched during the EWRC 2017 to promote a strong and effective EU Cohesion Policy, beyond 2020. On 11 October, over 150 representatives of European territorial associations discussed the next steps. The event provided an opportunity to explore some of the main ideas that came out from EWRC workshops, including the LDnet/ELARD event, on the future of EU cohesion policy. The key messages were the increased importance of responding to the needs of citizens locally; keeping citizens at the centre of future Cohesion Policy; the need to respond to territorial development challenges with place-based policy responses; imroved implementation of Cohesion Policy in order to achieve its aims more effectively; the importance of maintaining and relaunching successfully Cohesion Policy.
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