New Europe: EU body calls for better cohesion policy to stop brain drain

The SEDEC Commission of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) adopted on 27 November an opinion by Emil Boc, mayor of the Romanian city Cluj-Napoca and former prime minister of the country, according to

In his opinion, Boc stresses the need to address the challenge of “brain drain“, or the emigration of highly qualified people to a more developed country. He explains that one out of four high-skilled workers has left his country, and urges the Union to address the social and economic imbalances between its regions.

Boc warns, that unless addressed at all levels, “the phenomenon will have long-term and permanent effects” on the future of the EU. He, therefore, says that cites and regions should form alliances with all stakeholders, including businesses, universities and NGOs, to implement local policies that would help stop brain drain.

A strong cohesion policy means investing in education, employment, innovation and social inclusion in all EU regions, Boc concludes.

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