Event

Hearing: Sixth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion

04.02.2015 - 15:00
- 04.02.2015 - 18:30
Last Updated: 09.02.2015 - 16:20
Room JAN 2Q2, European Parliament, Brussels

The European Commission's 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion shows that EU Cohesion Policy is delivering on the growth goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy by creating jobs and reducing disparities across Europe. Looking ahead to 2014-2020, the report outlines how investments will be focused on key areas like energy efficiency, employment, social inclusion and SMEs to get the most out of the investments to the benefit of citizens.

The report analyses the state of cohesion of the Union and highlights the challenges faced by national, regional and local authorities in overcoming the impact of the financial and economic crisis. In particular it finds that cohesion policy has cushioned the dramatic decline of public investment, injecting much needed investment resources in many Member States and creating vital financial stability which serves to attract private investment.

The aim of the EPP Group public hearing on the 6th Cohesion Report is therefore two-fold: first, to take a closer look at the conclusions of the report; second, to consider its implications for future Cohesion Policy, which now finds itself at an important juncture.

EU Cohesion Policy investments from 2014-2020 will make more than €38 billion available to support the shift to a more environmentally-friendly economy, through investments for energy efficiency and renewables, while up to €33 billion will support Europe's SMEs in becoming more competitive.

For further information or to register, contact nicolae.banda@europarl.europa.eu

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Wednesday
15:00
Welcome and introduction
Speakers
Tamás DEUTSCH, MEP, EPP Group Vice-Coordinator in the Regional Development Committee
15.15
Panel 1: Sixth cohesion report - its findings, outcomes, and conclusions
Speakers
Stanislav POLČÁK, MEP, Vice-Chair of the Regional Development Committee, Moderator
Rudolf Niessler, Director for Policy, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
Philip McCann, Professor, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Jacek Krawczyk , President of the Employers’ Group in the European Economic and Social Committee
Gyula Ocskay, Secretary-General of CESCI (Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives)
15:50
Question and answer session
16:30
Conclusions: an important policy juncture
Speakers
Jan OLBRYCHT, MEP, EPP Group Vice-Coordinator in the Budgets Committee
16.40
Panel 2: What lessons for the future?
Speakers
Joachim ZELLER, MEP, Vice-Chair of the Regional Development Committee, Moderator
Armands Eberhards, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
Michael Schneider, President of the Group of the European People's Party in the Committee of the Regions
Eszter Vitályos-Zsigmond, Secretary of State for the Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary
17:50
Question and answer session
18:20
Conclusions: the EPP Group's approach
Speakers
Lambert van NISTELROOIJ, MEP, EPP Group Coordinator on the Regional Development Committee

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