Dialogue with Mayors of EU capital cities
End production: 28/02/2013 First transmission: 28/02/2013
statement by Johannes HAHN, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy
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||Soundbite (ENGLISH) Johannes HAHN, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy:
Capital cities are where Europe's economic and social problems are often most concentrated and most visible. But they are also the powerhouses of Europe, where the most important solutions can be found: in areas like employment and education, environment and innovation.
This makes them crucial in lifting Europe out of crisis. Without Europe's capital cities we cannot make the Europe2020 growth agenda a reality. That is why I am calling on the mayors of these cities to lead the way in lifting Europe out of crisis.
I want to see Europe's capitals playing their part, raising their voices and using their influence.
For my part I will continue to champion the cause of Europe's capital cities: To play a more prominent role in all areas of EU policy.