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Commissioner Hahn outlines future priorities for EU funds in Slovakia


Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn is in Bratislava today to meet Prime Minister Robert Fico and to participate in concrete discussions with the Council of Government on regional policy for the next EU spending round.

Speaking ahead of his visit Commissioner Hahn said: "Cohesion policy is the EU's key investment policy in times of crisis. I urge the Slovak authorities to make full use of the funds available to support the competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies, to boost research and innovation, and to invest in key transport networks and the sustainable use of natural resources."

Commissioner Hahn added: "Slovakia needs to ensure that is has a business-friendly environment. It must be open and transparent, with both independent and robust control and management systems. These will be essential in boosting investor confidence."

The Commissioner and Prime Minister will discuss how EU funds can best be deployed to deliver more growth and jobs in Slovakia. The visit comes at a critical phase in talks between Member States and the European Parliament on the EU's next 7-year budget and the Commission's proposals for future regional policy.

Commissioner Hahn will outline how the European Commission believes Slovakia can best prioritise EU investment in the next 2014-2020 budget, in close alignment with the "Europe 2020 Strategy" – the EU's long-term growth agenda. The Commissioner will meet with the Council of Government preparing the Partnership Agreement for EU Regional Policy in Slovakia for 2014-2020. He will also urge the Slovak authorities to work hard on implementing current programmes to respond to the crisis and ensure the full and efficient take-up of EU investments.

More information in the press release.