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Financing Growth and Cohesion in the Enlarged EU
Brussels, 24 November 2005






Closer cooperation between cohesion instruments and EIB

(11 October 2005) Today in Brussels, Danuta Hübner met the ministers responsible for Regional Policy in Member States and candidates countries in order to discuss a possible closer cooperation between EU Structural Funds and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

During the meeting, Commissioner Hübner and EIB President Philippe Maystadt presented two new initiatives. Firstly, a technical assistance facility to help Member States to implement large infrastructure projects: Joint Assistance to Support Projects in the European Regions (JASPERS). Secondly, a new scheme to facilitate access to finance for micro-businesses and first-time entrepreneurs: Joint European Resources for Micro-Enterprises (JEREMIE).

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Commission adopts Communication on the "Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion 2007-2013"

(6 July 2005) The Commission adopted a Communication on "Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion”.

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Regional Policy Ministers met in Luxembourg

(20 May 2005) On 20 and 21 May, ministers from the Member States responsible for Regional Policy had an informal ministerial meeting in Luxembourg . On this occasion, Danuta Hübner will present a Commission working paper on the "Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion".

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"State of the regions" report published

(17 May 2005) Danuta Hübner presented today the “Third Progress Report on Cohesion”, which addresses the condition of the regions in the enlarged European Union in terms of levels of income, employment and productivity.

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