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General Affairs Council: Commissioner Hahn welcomes partial agreement on new cohesion policy legislative package


Video of the GAC press conference

On 24th April Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn participated in the debate of the General Affairs Council (GAC) in Luxembourg. An agreement on a partial general approach on six blocks of the Commission's proposal on the future of cohesion policy for the period 2014-2020 has been reached: strategic programming, ex-ante conditionality, management and control, monitoring and evaluation, eligibility and proportionate control and major projects.

The Commission welcomes in particular all those changes which contribute to bring additional clarity and reinforce the importance of results and performance. It is in particular worth mentioning the confirmation of the central role ex-ante conditionality will play in the future policy and the strong link of cohesion programmes with Europe 2020.

Commissioner Hahn commented the outcomes of the GAC: "I am satisfied with the progress made during this meeting. We moved one step forward in preparing a reformed Cohesion Policy for 2014 and beyond and I see a large consensus on four crucial points, namely the need of coherence when strategies and programmes are developed,the concentration of resources where the positive impact is higher, the setting up of clear targets for a better accountability and transparency of the use of public resources, and the establishment of the right conditions to maximise the impact of investments".

On the discussion on the level of the budget for cohesion, the Commissioner added:" To relaunch growth and job creation, a sufficient budget for cohesion is needed. But to convince tax payers on a sufficient budget, we also need to deliver on our promises to make the policy more effective".

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