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Connecting with citizens!

08/06/2012

Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn received a group of Austrian regional political representatives who have been nominated as "EU local councillors" in the framework of a joint communication initiative of the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the Commission Representation in Vienna.

Commissioner Hahn welcomed the initiative as an "important contribution to bridge the gap between the citizens and the EU institutions". In his welcome address, the Commissioner explained the concrete value and benefit of Regional Policy for the regions, taking much time for the following discussion and question-round.

At the end of the meeting, the Commissioner thanked the representatives for their commitment to communicate Europe at regional and local level and asked them to pass the message on that "the European Union is a common project, requiring the active involvement and engagement of its citizens".