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Commissioner Hahn in Berlin to mark the adoption of the Partnership Agreement with Germany

(06 June 2014)

Commissioner Hahn in Berlin to mark the adoption of the Partnership Agreement with Germany

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, attended a conference on 6 June in Berlin which was dedicated to the adoption of the Partnership Agreement with Germany. The Partnership Agreement sets out the national strategy for the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI) in Germany and paves the way for the implementation of the operational programmes during the new funding period 2014 – 2020.

At the conference which was attended also by Federal Minster for Economy, Sigmar Gabriel, and Federal Minister for Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, Commissioner Hahn stated: "The Partnership Agreement is the result of two years of intense work, based on a partnership approach and guided by the strategic objectives of the reformed Cohesion Policy. I congratulate Germany to the fact that its national strategy duly reflects the key strategic priorities of our reform such as investments in low carbon economy, energy efficiency, support of SME and innovation and research. Germany is a best practice model with 83% of the allocated EU funds targeted at these key priorities. The investments in this area will contribute considerably to boosting the economy and reducing the regional disparities, resulting in a further improvement of the living standards in Germany".

The key note speeches of Commissioner Hahn and the ministers were followed by a panel discussion with contributions from experts from the Commission and the Federal Ministries.