Fifth Cohesion Forum
"Investing in Europe's future: The contribution of cohesion policy to Europe 2020"
The Fifth Cohesion Forum took place in Brussels 31 January to 1 February 2011. The main goal was to discuss the orientations for the future EU Cohesion Policy and its contribution to the Europe 2020 strategy. The Forum constituted the closure of the public consultation on the policy proposals of the Fifth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial cohesion which was adopted by the Commission on 9 November 2010.
The Forum brought together 975 people including high level representatives from European institutions, Prime Ministers and ministers, regional and local representatives, economic and social partners, NGOs and academics. The forum was hosted by Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy and László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
For those of you who did not have the chance to come to the forum, videos of the events can be found here. Here you will also find the program and many of the speeches to be downloaded.
EU Cohesion policy and Europe 2020
One of the main topics on the forum was how EU Cohesion policy can be aligned with the Europe 2020 strategy. This was discussed on four thematic workshops chaired by commissioners: smart growth, green growth, inclusive growth, and the territorial dimension of Europe 2020. Other important and related topics discussed at the forum were how EU Cohesion Policy can be more effective and results-oriented, and the role of EU Cohesion policy in stability and growth.
Lithuania, Wales and Brandenburg winners of "Regions of excellence"
For the first time, the award "Regions of excellence" was given out by the EC President José Manuel Barroso. The award gives recognition to regions that are already contributing to the priorities of Europe 2020 with their overall political action, implementing projects promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The three winners were Lithuania, Wales and Brandenburg, who all have successfully implemented projects related to the Europe 2020 objectives. The awarded projects range from Computer Literacy to Health Monitoring Technologies, R&D support and adaptation to climate change. See the video below for more information about the three projects.
This video is also available to download or embed from the European Commission's Audiovisual Service
From left: Ralf Christoffers, Minister of Economy and European Affairs of the Land Brandenburg, EC President José Manuel Barroso, Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, Andrius Kubilius, Prime Minister of Lithuania, László Andor, Commissioner of Employment