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Commissioner Hahn calls on the Mayors of EU Capital Cities to help pull Europe out of crisis

(28 February 2013)

Commissioner Hahn calls on the Mayors of EU Capital Cities to help pull Europe out of crisis

Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn is hosting the first direct talks between the European Commission and the EU's capital cities in Brussels on 28 February. Some 20 mayors from capital cities meet also with Commissioners Neelie Kroes for Digital Agenda and Janez Potocnik for Environment to discuss how they can drive forward the EU’s growth agenda, Europe 2020 and help Europe exit the crisis.

In the light of current discussions for the next EU 7-year budget, reforms to EU Regional Policy and other EU programmes, there is a need to address urban challenges in an integrated, more effective way. The reformed Regional Policy makes the case for this kind of integrated approach. This is why the recently renamed Directorate for Regional and Urban Policy has been given a new role by Commission President Barroso to co-ordinate the urban policy initiatives of the EU.

Sustainable Urban Development through EU Regional Policy

Press release with video message from Commissioner Hahn