Structural funds for jobs and growth:

Type: News   Reference: 80376   Duration: 00:03:55  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 29/05/2012   First transmission: 29/05/2012
- Extracts from the debate EP Committee on Regional Development Background:The Committe on Regional Development discussed today about the specific provisions that concerns the European Regional Development Fund, in order to find some solutions for creating growth and jobs. Jan OLBRYCHT (PPE, PL), the rappourteur, stresses the need to highlight the role of "multi-faceted interdependence between SMEs and their bigger counterparts. Moreover, OLBRYCHT is in agreement with the "need for thematic concentration of the EU funding". Specific measures have been put on the table, as the renovation of the economy through the sustainably economy. The European Regional Development Funds has an important role for strengthening economy, society and the territorial cohesion in the EU.

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00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English): Jan OLBRYCHT , (EPP, PL), rapporteur: "What I proposed for example is to broaden the element of productive investments, COM proposes to have it just for the SMEs (Small and middle sized enterprises) I will propose to enlarge it and to say that in particular SMEs, but not to exclude the bigger enterprises. Why, because on what we should concentrate on is that these actors can create new jobs. For me it is more important 'new jobs' then who can get it!" 00:00:43
00:00:53 SOUNDBITE (German): Kerstin WESTPHAL, (S&D, DE), shadow rapporteur: "What you suggested Mr Olbrycht is to include larger companies also, there the conditions are too tight. We don't think that there should be a general restriction here, because it is important here to have these larger companies involved as well; if we want to ensure real competitiveness. Concerning the thematic concentration, here again our positions are quite close, we believe that the 80 percent limit for more well off regions is too one sided, we need to have more flexibility." 00:00:44
00:01:37 SOUNDBITE (English): Nicholas MARTYNS, Deputy Directeur General, DG REGIO: "The areas which do represent problems in relation to the Commission proposal are firstly on the enlargement of the scope, here the opening up to large enterprises without any limits is not in line with the evidence which the COM believes shows clearly that the EU funds are best used to support productive investment for SMEs. Already in the COM proposal there is some opening for large enterprises to support for investments in Research and Development for example, but the amendment proposed simply opens it up without any limits at all; this is not in line with the evidence." 00:00:38
00:02:15 SOUNDBITE (English): Nicholas MARTYNS, Deputy Directeur General, DG REGIO: "The COM proposal does allow for small scale infrastructure, we think this is the right balance and should be maintained. As regards for tobacco, the reason for having this in as an expressive exclusion, is that it is the way to ensure simply that there is no investment in tobacco industry and we think that is in line with a harmonised approach to EU policies." 00:00:29
00:02:44 SOUNDBITE (English): Nicholas MARTYNS, Deputy Directeur General, DG REGIO:"The specific reference to culture, tourism and sport is in the Commissions view is not necessary, these are investment elements that are covered by the notion of edginess potential in art 3.1 D of the proposal, the COM view is that this does not give the right message to highlight these elements in the proposal." 00:00:21
00:03:05 SOUNDBITE (English): Jan OLBRYCHT , (EPP, PL), rapporteur: "The general attitude of my report is that we shouldn't decide about the tales in Brussels, we should create the goals to be achieved and next to demand from the Member States how they want to do it, they define themselves how they want to achieve the goals we would like to achieve." 00:00:24
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