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Hahn and Valcárcel: "An inadequate 2014-2020 budget could compromise recovery"


Commissioner Johannes Hahn met with Committee of the Region's President Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso on 25 September to discuss the latest developments in the legislative process concerning the next phase of structural funds (2014-2020) and the perspectives of the ongoing negotiations on the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF).

Speaking after the meeting, in the context of the current budget negotiations Commissioner Hahn said: "This is about creating jobs, giving young people the chance of employment, kick starting growth and making Europe's regions more competitive. We need a strong regional policy for Europe because this is the main growth fund for Europe's regions. If you want to reap something, you have to sow the seeds first. This is what Member States have to decide. They can't on the one hand talk about freezing the budget and then on the other ask for measures to boost growth and employment. "

On the issue of transitional regions, Commissioner Hahn added : "Ours is a policy for all regions and transitional regions are a key part of our strategy for growth."