'Cohesion policy key for economic growth': concludes Parliament debate
The European Parliament's Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis (CRIS) held a workshop on 15 September on the role of cohesion policy in EU economic recovery. The chairwoman of the regional development committee, Danuta Hübner, concluded: "Cohesion policy is the motor of growth and the wisest solution to the economic crisis." All panellists underlined that the crisis had affected regions in different ways, with some countries suffering more than others. "The crisis must be used to get rid of structural weaknesses," said European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn. He added that cohesion policy must create an added value and remain flexible, and in particular focus investment on the key EU 2020 strategy projects.