On 31 January and 1 February, the European Commission will welcome the high-level political decision-makers of the 27 Member States to the 5th Cohesion Forum being held in Brussels. The event marks the end of the public consultation launched last November on the future of the cohesion policy after 2013. The 800 participants expected at the Forum will discuss the future developments of the policy and its major role in the "Europe 2020" strategy.
The Cohesion Forum takes place every three years following publication of the report on economic, social and territorial cohesion.
This year’s Forum is the last opportunity for the Member States and regions to express their views before the European Commission presents its first legislative proposals on the future cohesion policy by the summer of 2011.
The events (open to the press):
31 January, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170
11:00-12:00 Opening session in the presence of the President of the European Commission José-Manuel Barroso, the Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor, the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, and the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
12:00-12:30 "Regions of Excellence" ceremony, to recognise the regions which have implemented projects linked to the seven flagship initiatives of the "Europe 2020" strategy, in the presence of José-Manuel Barroso.
17:00-17:30 Speech by Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland
1 February, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170
11:15–11:45 Press conference with Commissioners Johannes Hahn and László Andor
-I-067682 Archives: Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion
-I-057235 Archives: Structural funds 2007-2013
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