The cohesion policy is an important channel to show solidarity and support weaker communes and regions in Europe. In the current debate about the future rules for cohesion funding, it is often suggested that governments that don’t abide to European values and decisions should be sanctioned by suspending these funds.
However, the S&D should clearly position itself against such sanctions: weaker communes and regions are not responsible for the behaviour of the government of their countries. Furthermore, suspending cohesion funds might fuel anti-European ressentiment. We must not make the mistake and deepen the division that is currently growing between countries ruled by anti-European governments and the EU.