OPEN DAYS 2012 - 10th European Week of Regions and Cities: press briefing by Johannes HAHN, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy and Laurent BEAUVAIS, President of the Regional Council of Basse-Normandie
Première transmission: 09/10/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 09/10/2012
The biggest annual event in the world of regional and urban policy marks its 10th anniversary at a crucial time for EU Cohesion Policy. Talks on the EU budget and the future shape of cohesion policy are entering their final and critical phase. Open Days 2012 will bring together some 6000 regional policy practitioners from all over Europe to share best practice and reinforce Regional Policy as the main instrument to realise the growth goals of Europe2020 and supporting the EU's exit from the crisis. Under the banner of 'Europe's regions and cities: Making a difference', over 100 seminars and workshops will focus on the priorities for future funding: Smart and green growth for all, promoting innovation/research and development, support for SME's, Territorial cooperation, delivering and measuring results for a more effective policy. OPEN DAYS 2012 took stock of achievements so far and define the future shape of policy.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press corner
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Laurent Beauvais, President of the Regional Council of Basse-Normandie: It is not an end in itself, is a development project and we want to give guidance to our territory. It seeks to mobilize the energies that we are developing for years. Propose to SME's and new development perspectives. And all this is to go towards an energy transition, is to promote the knowledge economy and allow a higher level of training to those facing economic difficulties today.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy: As you know the introduction of this new category of transitional region is one of the co-elements of the re launch of this regional policy. I would say is the most comprehensive reforms since the law in the early 80's. It is a regional policy in order to make it much more competitive and to help indeed to reduce disparities amongst regions and Member States.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Johannes Hahn: We have chosen in purpose the notion transition because is not something for eternity, is just for a period. The main objective for each less developed region is to be finally belonging to the more developed region; therefore the transition status is not something which is for eternity.