On 28 June, the Committee of the Regions and the OECD launched a survey on financial, managerial and regulatory obstacles to investment experienced by local and regional authorities from all EU Member States.

Context and objective

One of the top priorities on the EU policy agenda is re-launching investment to boost long-term growth. Local and regional authorities are key actors in this regard, as they account for more than half of all public investment in the EU, shape the business environment, and act as partners for private investors. With this survey, the local and regional authorities can help identify obstacles to investment and contribute to strengthening the economic recovery in the EU.

How will the results be used?

The results of the survey will be presented at the CoR ECON Commission meeting on 19 September 2017 and used for the CoR Resolution on the 2017 European Semester (adoption scheduled for 10-11 October 2017). They will also feed into the ongoing review of the OECD Recommendations on Effective Public Investment across Levels of Government (expected end 2017 – early 2018).

The survey is part of a broader CoR monitoring activity including a study on the use of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) by local and regional authorities, a collection of contributions from CoR Members from regions hosting EFSI projects, and a conference 'Making the Investment Plan work for cities and regions' (organised by CoR on 29 June in Brussels).

The activities will be also summarized in the 8th annual CoR Monitoring Report on Europe 2020 and the European Semester that will be presented at the next European Week of Regions and Cities on 11 October.

Who should respond?

Representatives of local and regional authorities (civil servants, employees, politicians or other) who are involved in or concerned by the planning, financing, monitoring and/or implementation of investments (public or private) are invited to contribute to the survey.

Complete the survey online - new deadline is 15 September

The survey is open until 15 September 2017 and can be completed in any of the official EU languages. You can submit your responses via an online questionnaire.