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Second European Cohesion ForumSecond European Cohesion Forum
Documents, speeches and report

The results of the Cohesion Policy being implemented since 1989 and its future in an enlarged Union have been debated by more than 1,500 policy makers and economic and social actors from Member States and the applicant countries on 21 and 22 May 2001, at a forum sponsored by the European Commission in Brussels.

Participants made an effort to answer the 10 questions put to them by the Commission as a framework for their debate. They have been given fact sheets on each of the questions containing observations and raising related sub-questions.

The fact sheets are reproduced in the following file :
pdf : es da de el en fr it nl pt fi sv

Many of the speeches and interventions by participants are available on this page.

In his concluding remarks, Commissioner Barnier welcomed the intensity of the debates, which demonstrated that a large measure of consensus has been built on the analyses and proposals of the Second Cohesion Report, presented by the Commission on 31January 2001 last.
pdf :

pdf A summary of the discussion is also available. esdadeelfritnlptfisv

Opening session

Opening session

pdf Mrs Nicole FONTAINE, President of the European Parliament, defr
Mr Romano PRODI, President of the European Commission, pdf :defrit
pdf Mr Jan GRÖNNLUND, State Secretary -Sweden, Presidency of the Council of the European Union, defrsv
pdf Mr Göke FRERICHS,
President of the Economic and Social Committee, defr
pdf Mr Jos CHABERT, President of the Committee of the Regions, defrnl

The challenges facing cohesion in an enlarged European Union

Mr Michel BARNIER, European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy
, esdefrit

Cohesion policy rising to the challenge

Cohesion policy
Giuliano Amato

Round table led by Mr Michel BARNIER,
with the participation of:
pdf Mr Giuliano AMATO, President of the Council of Ministers, Italy, de
pdf Mr Cristobal Ricardo MONTORO ROMERO, Minister of Finance, Spain, dees
pdf Eng. Petr LACHNIT, Minister of Regional Development, Czech Republic, de
pdf Mr Philippe MAYSTADT
, President of the European Investment Bank, defr
pdf Dr. Michael HÄUPL, Mayor and Minister-President of Vienna, Austria, de
pdf Mr Peter PEACOCK
, Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government, Scottish Executive, defr
pdf Mrs Arlene MC CARTHY,
Member of the European Parliament, defr
pdf Mr Stig OSTDAHL, President of CPMR (Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe), Finland, de

The process of enlargement
pdf Mr Günter VERHEUGEN, European Commissioner responsible for Enlargement, de

Cohesion policy from the point of view of enlargement
Round-table discussion led by Mrs Anna DIAMANTOPOULOU, European Commissioner responsible for Employment and Social Affairs, pdf :defr
with the participation of :
pdf Mr Jerzy Karol BUZEK, Prime Minister of Poland, defr
Mr Charlie MC CREEVY, Minister of Finance, Ireland pdf :defr
pdf Mrs Elisa FERREIRA, Minister of Planning, Portugal, dept
pdf Mr Roger VAN BOXTEL, Minister of City Management and Integration, Netherlands,de frnl
pdf Dr. Tea PETRIN, Minister of Economic Affairs, Slovenia, defr
, Minister-President of the Walloon Region, Belgium, defr
pdf Mr Kostantinos HATZIDAKIS, Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Regional Policy, Transport and Tourism, defr
pdf Mr Werner BALLHAUSEN, Secretary of State, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Mr Jean-Pierre RAFFARIN, President of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes, France, defr

Floor debate:
Karl-Heinz Klär, Committee of the Regions pdf : de

The programme pdf (15 KB) : es da de el en fr it nl pt fi sv

Proceedings pdf (~ 730 Ko) : de en fr


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