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"Every euro spent must contribute to competitiveness, helping to create growth and jobs", says Commissioner Hahn at a conference on Smart Specialization in Galicia

(26 March 2014)

Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn paid a three-day-visit to Spain on 24-26 March where he met representatives from the Spanish Government and from the regional governments of Galicia and Extremadura.

He discussed with them how Spain and in particular Galicia and Extremadura can best take advantage of the new cohesion policy 2014-2020 by specialising in sectors with strong growth potential. He also visited some EU co financed projects in the two Spanish regions.

The Commissioner first went to Madrid to meet with Cristóbal Montoro, Minister for Finance and Public Administration, Marta Fernández Curras, State Secretary for Budget and Expenditure and Luis de Gindos, Minister for Economic Affairs and Competitiveness. He then went to Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia to meet with Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of the Xunta de Galicia and visited several projects: the Hotel Management School of Galicia (Centro Superior de Hostelería de Galicia - CSHG), the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the Center for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases (Centro de Investigación en Medicina Molecular y Enfermedades Crónicas - CIMUS) and the facilities of the telecommunications company Televés. He finally gave a speech at the presentation of the"Regional Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization"where he emphasized that "Every euro spent must contribute to competitiveness, helping to create growth and jobs".

Commissioner Hahn ended his stay to Spain in Mérida, in Extremadura, where he met with José Antonio Monago Terraza, President of the Government of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura and other members of the regional Government. He told stakeholders that regional Policy had supported infrastructure but now "It is time to focus above all on supporting the real Economy , in particular on the support of SMES."

Video on visit of EU funded projects in Galicia

Video on visit of Televes and Speech at the Conference "Regional Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization"

Video on speech cohesion policy for 2014-2020 to stakeholders in Extremadura