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A New Cohesion Policy for Growth and Jobs in Europe: Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn welcomes vote in European Parliament

(07 November 2013)

A New Cohesion Policy for Growth and Jobs in Europe: Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn welcomes vote in European Parliament

Speaking after today's vote by the European Parliament's REGI-Committee on reform of Cohesion Policy and setting up of common rules for the European Structural and Investment Funds, Commissioner Hahn said,

"Today we have taken a major step forward in equipping the EU to support Europe's real economy – to create jobs by supporting its SMEs, kick-starting innovation and fostering its low carbon economy. The deal confirmed just now by the REGI Committee which is the European Parliament's lead committee in this, turns EU Cohesion Policy into vital tool to deliver Europe's Growth Agenda."

He added: "Now it is for the European Parliament to confirm today's committee vote. I trust they will do this. The deal today also pulls together all EU funds in a simpler, common framework making them easier to use and more strategic as a tool to put Europe firmly on path of recovery. Investors are waiting, regions are waiting. It is vital these programmes start on time. It is also a precondition for the approval of the EU's next seven-year budget. I urge the Parliament and the Council to take up their responsibility."

Full speech

Refocusing EU Cohesion Policy for Maximum Impact on Growth and Jobs: The Reform in 10 points