This document aims to summarise the positions expressed by the national associations representing the local intermediate authorities which are part of CEPLI.
CEPLI appreciates the considerations expressed by the Fifth Report on Cohesion, in particular concerning the idea of a cohesion policy able to react to the real and concrete needs of territories.
In this sense, the focus should be on results evaluation and impact assessment. Local actors should be involved, at the national and European level, not only as beneficiaries of the cohesion policy, but also as participants to the decision making process, giving a contribution to the analysis and programming of territorial development policies.
Such participation would be the best way to ensure the achievement of targets in line with the specificities of the different territories.