119 blog posts
  • Visiting Portugal areas ravaged by wildfires
    Published by Corina Creţu6 December 2017

    Visiting Portugal areas ravaged by wildfires

    I will remember my 4 December visit to Portugal as one of the most emotional of my mandate as EU Commissioner for regional policy.
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  • CITIES Forum 2017: Helping Europe's cities improve their citizens' lives
    Published by Corina Creţu29 November 2017

    CITIES Forum 2017: Helping Europe's cities improve their citizens' lives

    The 2017 Cities Forum, organised by DG REGIO and myself, and hosted by the city of Rotterdam, took place on 27 and 28 November, bringing together over 500 participants from Europe's cities.
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  • The Alpine Forum shows the way forward!
    Published by Corina Creţu25 November 2017

    The Alpine Forum shows the way forward!

    On 23 and 24 November, the first Alpine Forum took place in Bavaria. Close to 600 participants from seven countries converged towards Munich to take a "snapshot" of what this specific macro-regional strategy has achieved and to set objectives for the future.
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  • Helping Umbria recover from earthquakes
    Published by Corina Creţu22 November 2017

    Helping Umbria recover from earthquakes

    The European Union is much more than simply paperwork and regulations. It is first and foremost a voluntary solidarity union of some 500 million people. This was demonstrated again on 21 November in the case of the Italian region of Umbria.
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  • Debating simpler rules, youth employment and future of cohesion policy with Member States
    Published by Corina Creţu21 November 2017

    Debating simpler rules, youth employment and future of cohesion policy with Member States

    On 15 November 2017, ministers from EU Member States and I met at the Council, to debate on the future of cohesion policy.
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  • One week for Europe's outermost regions
    Published by Corina Creţu30 October 2017

    One week for Europe's outermost regions

    "Far from the eyes, far from the heart" has been an accepted truth for centuries. This week proved it wrong, especially in the case of those European regions that are thousands of kilometres away from the European continent.
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  • The Danube region forum: how regions along a river work together
    Published by Corina Creţu23 October 2017

    The Danube region forum: how regions along a river work together

    The annual forum of the Danube macro-regional strategy took place in Budapest on 18-19 October.
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  • Joint Statement of EU Commissioner Creţu, Jourova and Bulc on the RegioStar Award for women empowerment
    Published by Corina Creţu11 October 2017

    Joint Statement of EU Commissioner Creţu, Jourova and Bulc on the RegioStar Award for women empowerment

    On 10 October the region of Murcia won the RegioStar award for the best cohesion policy project in the 'Women empowerment and active participation" category for their EU-funded project on empowering victims of gender-based violence. To congratulate the winner, EU Commissioners Creţu, Jourova and Bulc issued the following statement:
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  • Cohesion report: lessons from the crisis and conclusions for tomorrow
    Published by Corina Creţu10 October 2017

    Cohesion report: lessons from the crisis and conclusions for tomorrow

    Every three years, the Commission presents the cohesion report: a snapshot on the state of cohesion in Europe: are disparities growing or narrowing? This is the 2017 report.
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  • A public procurement package for the whole of Europe
    Published by Corina Creţu3 October 2017

    A public procurement package for the whole of Europe

    Today in Strasbourg, the college of commissioners adopted a package on public procurement.
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  • Ouragan Irma: le soutien de l'UE aux régions ultrapériphériques
    Published by Corina Creţu7 September 2017

    Ouragan Irma: le soutien de l'UE aux régions ultrapériphériques

    Nous sommes tous sous le choc des dégâts provoqués par l'ouragan Irma aux Antilles, et de tout cœur aux côtés des habitants de Saint-Martin et Saint-Barthélemy, et nous les aiderons.
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  • "Ostbelgien", cross-border cooperation(s) on a daily basis
    Published by Corina Creţu5 September 2017

    "Ostbelgien", cross-border cooperation(s) on a daily basis

    In that part of Belgium neighbouring both The Netherlands and Germany, local and regional authorities from those three countries have decided that working together is the way forward. Enter cross-border cooperation, enter Interreg!
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  • One day in the Netherlands: smart villages and bioeconomy
    Published by Corina Creţu30 August 2017

    One day in the Netherlands: smart villages and bioeconomy

    Today was dedicated to the south of the Netherlands. A visit to a rural area that is also one of the most innovative regions of Europe.
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  • How much is your Europe worth?
    Published by Corina Creţu28 June 2017

    How much is your Europe worth?

    Today, my colleague Commissioner Gunther Oettinger and I present the Commission's "reflection paper on the future of EU finances". What sort of budget will we need in future? In what should it invest? How should it work?
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  • Focus on jobs, migration, economic growth... Europe in Greece
    Published by Corina Creţu19 June 2017

    Focus on jobs, migration, economic growth... Europe in Greece

    This week I did what one would call a "Greek marathon": I spent four days in Greece, visited several islands, participated in two events, and visited three ERDF co-funded projects.
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  • Discussing the future of Cohesion Policy with Member States - Malta 8-9 June
    Published by Corina Creţu10 June 2017

    Discussing the future of Cohesion Policy with Member States - Malta 8-9 June

    8 and 9 June in Malta were the days of the informal meeting of member States' ministers in charge of regional policy.
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  • Molenbeek: EU-funded projects in the heart of Brussels. For a caring Europe
    Published by Corina Creţu7 June 2017

    Molenbeek: EU-funded projects in the heart of Brussels. For a caring Europe

    I don't always have to travel hundreds of kilometers to witness the impressive results of Cohesion Policy. They are all around us; we just have to look closer. Yesterday for instance I visited the commune of Molenbeek in Brussels, an inner-city area that has been on the front pages of newspapers across Europe for all the wrong reasons. What I saw yesterday however was different from what you read in the media.
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  • One day in Helsinki: regions are smart!
    Published by Corina Creţu2 June 2017

    One day in Helsinki: regions are smart!

    On 1 June I was in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, a very digital-friendly and innovative city, alongside my colleague, Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen.
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  • When President Juncker and Romania meet face to face…
    Published by Corina Creţu12 May 2017

    When President Juncker and Romania meet face to face…

    Thursday was Jean-Paul Juncker’s first visit to Romania as president of the European Commission. And Romania made sure he will want to come back soon!
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  • European Youth Week 2017: Europe invests in its future!
    Published by Corina Creţu3 May 2017

    European Youth Week 2017: Europe invests in its future!

    The 2017 European Youth Week is underway as at EU level the youth unemployment rate (21.1%) is more than twice as high as the overall unemployment rate (9.8%). And I cannot help remembering Diogenes' famous quote that "the foundation of every state is its youth", even though I would be tempted to replace the word "state" by "society".
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