Open Days 2012: extracts from the joint press briefing by Johannes Hahn and Laurent Beauvais, President of the Regional Council of Basse-Normandie
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 09/10/2012 First transmission: 09/10/2012
On 9 October 2012, Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, Laurent Beauvais, President of the Regional Council of Basse-Normandie, gave a press briefing at the European Commission in Brussels in the framework of the biggest annual event in the world of regional and urban policy which 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.
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||Laurent Beauvais, President of the Regional Council of Basse-Normandie, Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, giving a press briefing at the European Commission in Brussels
||Soundbite by Laurent Beauvais (in FRENCH) saying that it is not an end in itself, it is a development project and they want to give guidance to their territory to mobilise the energies that they have been developing for years and propose to SME's new development perspectives. And all this aims 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.
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||Soundbite by Johannes Hahn (in ENGLISH): As you know, the introduction of this new category of transitional region is one of the co-elements of our re-launch of this regional policy. I would say it is the most comprehensive reforms since the law in the early 80's has started to reform at that time a regional policy in order to make it much more competitive and to help indeed to reduce disparities amongst regions and Member States.
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||Soundbite by Johannes Hahn (in ENGLISH): We have chosen in purpose the notion transition because it should indicate that it is not something for eternity but it should be indeed something for a certain period and the main objective of each less developed or transitional region is to be finally belonging to the more developed region; therefore the transition status is not something which is for eternity but only for a period.
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