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Welcome to the homepage of the "Fourth European Forum on Cohesion" which was held on 27 and 28 September 2007 in Brussels. On this page, you will find the speeches of the Forum in the order of the programme as well as other documents.

27 September 2007
10:00 - 12:30

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Opening Session: "Growing Regions, growing Europe"
Opening remarks by Danuta HÜBNER, Commissioner for Regional Policy

José Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission
Michel DELEBARRE, President of the Committee of the Regions
Dimitris DIMITRIADIS, President of the European Economic and Social Committee
Gerardo GALEOTE QUECEDO, Chairman of the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) at the European Parliament
Francisco NUNES CORREIA, Minister for Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development, Portugal
Danuta HÜBNER, Commissioner for Regional Policy

14:30 - 17:30

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Plenary session: "New Challenges for EU and its Regions"
Chair: Vladimir ŠPIDLA, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Debate with:
Sergei STANISHEV, Prime Minister, Bulgaria
Rhodri MORGAN, First Minister of Wales, United Kingdom
Rimantas ŠADŽIUS, Minister of Finance, Republic of Lithuania
Anssi PAASIVIRTA, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Finland
Joachim WUERMELING, Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany
José Carlos das DORES ZORRINHO, National Coordinator of Lisbon Strategy, Portugal
Aart Jan de GEUS, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Filippo BUBBICO, Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry for Regional Development, Italy


 28 September 2007
09:30 – 11:30

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Plenary session: "Responding to Challenges: Regions as Actors of Growth and Competitiveness"
Chair: Danuta HÜBNER, Commissioner for Regional Policy

Debate with:
Grażyna GĘSICKA, Minister for Regional Development, Poland
Alberto NAVARRO GONZALEZ, Secretary of State for EU Affairs, Spain
Claudio MARTINI, President of Tuscany Region, Italy, President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe, Member of the Committee of the Regions
Alain ROUSSET, President of the Association of Regions of France, Member of the Committee of the Regions
Gábor DEMSZKY, Mayor of the City of Budapest, Hungary, Chair of Eurocities Economic Development Forum
Matthias KOLLATZ-AHNEN, Vice President of the European Investment Bank

12:00 – 13:00

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Closing session: "The Added Value of EU Cohesion Policy"
Chair: Danuta HÜBNER, Commissioner for Regional Policy

Key address:
José SÓCRATES, Prime Minister, Portugal, EU Presidency

Reports:
Nikolaus van der PAS, Director-General, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission, rapporteur of Plenary session 1

Dirk AHNER, Director-General, Directorate-General for Regional Policy, European Commission, rapporteur of Plenary session 2

Conclusions:
Danuta HÜBNER, Commissioner for Regional Policy