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New Portuguese Minister for Regional Funds in Brussels to discuss the way ahead for Structural Funds

(08-05-2013)

New Portuguese Minister for Regional Funds in Brussels to discuss the way ahead for Structural Funds

In their first meeting since Mr Miguel Maduro was appointed to oversee the use of structural funds in Portugal, Commissioner Hahn and the new minister met to discuss the possible future reoraganisation of the way funds are delivered in Portugal and planning for the next 2014-20 period.

Minister Maduro was also accompanied to the meeting by Minister of Finance Vitor Gaspar and Secretary of State for European Affairs Morais Leitao.The Commissioner welcomed the statement by the Minister that the prime objective was to use EU funds as investments in the real economy and in particular to support small and medium sized enterprises.

The Portuguese ministers explained that Portugal is well on track to deliver its Partnership agreement on how funds should be directed in the new programming period according to the deadline the Commission has set for the end of June.