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Speech by Commissioner Hahn at the conference "Regional and local strategy for growth and innovation in Greece. Building a better community"

(03 December 2013)

Speech by Commissioner Hahn at the conference

Speaking at the European Parliament at the conference "Regional and local strategy for growth and innovation in Greece. Building a better community", Commissioner Hahn said, "I very much believe that Greece, as she has done in the past, will come out of the current crisis even stronger than before. Now, with the new programming period, we have an opportunity to take this to the next level. There will be more than €14 billion of European Structural and Investment Funds available to you over the next 7 years. The reform of the Cohesion Policy I have introduced provides the best platform to make the best of this investment in order to accelerate Greece's recovery".

He added, "Although the austerity approach and structural reforms which you have all endured are absolutely necessary to reduce government expenditure and reset the economy, that in itself will not be enough. We also need policies and support measures which create and strengthen competitiveness. The new Cohesion Policy gives us an opportunity to do just that". 

This event was organised by Mr Georges Papanikolaou, Member of the European Parliament. Greek Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, Mr Kostis Hatzidakis was also present.

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