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Statement by Commissioner Johannes Hahn at the General Affairs Council: Member States must urgently find deal with European Parliament on Cohesion Policy Reform

(30 September 2013)

Statement by Commissioner Johannes Hahn at the General Affairs Council: Member States must urgently find deal with European Parliament on Cohesion Policy Reform

Addressing EU Foreign and Europe Ministers today at the General Affairs Council in Brussels, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said Member States and the European Parliament must bridge their differences on the reform of cohesion policy ahead of critical talks later this week.

Agreement on the plans to reform the policy and to create a common set of rules for EU funds is also necessary for final approval of the EU's 2014-2020 budget.

Commissioner Hahn said, "There is a real urgency now to strike a deal and find a reasonable compromise. Every institution - Member States, Parliament and we at the Commission has the duty to move in order to reach agreement."

"The longer we delay, the more we put in question the impact of more than 400 billion EUR of investments around Europe and the possibility of recovery and growth."

"We are close to agreement. On the few remaining issues - macroeconomic conditionality, performance reserve, co-financing and pre financing - I urge the Member States and Parliament to explore common ground, bridge their differences and seal the deal when they meet for crucial 'Trilogue' talks on Wednesday."

Full statement: MEMO/13/834