On 10 and 11 May, the Third European Cohesion Forum will take place in Brussels. It will be opened by the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi and the newly appointed Commissioner responsible for regional policy, Jacques Barrot. This event will bring together more than 1,200 key players from the European, national and regional level of 25 Member States to debate the future of cohesion policy after 2006. On 18 February this year, the European Commission adopted the Third Report on Economic and Social Cohesion setting out a new vision for cohesion policy for the enlarged European Union for the period 2007-2013. The proposals include new priorities, a reform of the implementing system and the budgetary resources needed for cohesion policy in an enlarged Union.

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