EU-Flaggen vor dem EU-Parlament zum Thema EU-Binnemarkt

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Today, the ministers responsible for cohesion policy will be discussing how the EU structural funds contribute to the economic recovery and to the green and digital transitions in the new programming period. State Secretary Claudia Dörr-Voß will be attending on behalf of the German federal government.

State Secretary Dörr-Voß said: "The federal government and the Länder are working hard to implement the new programming period. We are thus creating the conditions so that structural funds can play a key role for the economy and in particular for the green and digital transitions. We are supporting flagship projects in areas which are crucial in terms of economic and labour-market policies. These include the digitisation of the economy, artificial intelligence, new energy technologies, the promotion of entrepreneurship, and initial and further training, especially in the field of digitisation."

The legal framework for the EU structural funds has been thoroughly modernised for the 2021-2027 programming period, with a focus on competitiveness, innovation, digitisation and the implementation of the Green Deal. Major changes include the basic preconditions, a closer link with the country-specific recommendations of the European Semester, and the new mid-term review. The programmes for the new programming period, which need to be authorised by the European Commission, are currently being elaborated.