Sixth Cohesion Forum



Investment for jobs and growth: Promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities

Please note that this is a draft programme which will be updated regularly.

Agenda: PDF en

Media Programme: PDF en

Monday 8 September 2014

09:30 – 10:15

Registration and welcome coffee

10:30 – 11:30

Opening Session: Restoring growth and jobs – How can Cohesion Policy contribute to a sustainable recovery of EU?
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Introduction by the conference moderators

Welcome and setting the scene

  • Johannes HAHN, European Commissioner for Regional Policy - Speech

Keynote speeches

  • Laimdota STRAUJUMA, Prime Minister of Latvia
  • Sandro GOZI, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Italy

11:30 – 13:00

Panel debate: Cohesion Policy and economic governance: two sides of the same coin?
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Panel debate moderated by Karen Coleman and Mark Rogerson

  • Michel LEBRUN, President of the Committee of the Regions
  • Jyrki KATAINEN, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary affairs and the Euro
  • Rimantas SADZIUS, Minister of Finance, Lithuania
  • Harlem DÉSIR, Secretary of State for European Affairs, France
  • Iain BEGG, Professor, London School of Economics

Questions from the floor

13:00 – 15:00

Lunch-Buffet offered by the European Commission

15:00 – 16:30

Parallel thematic sessions

Panel 1 – Delivering quality: how to achieve better performance?
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Issues to be discussed:
Result orientation, monitoring and evaluation, thematic concentration, ex-ante conditionalities

Chair: Lowri EVANS, Director-General of DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

  • Annika ANNERBY-JANSSON, President of CPMR, President of of Regional Council of Skåne, Sweden
  • Enrico ROSSI, President of Tuscany, Italy
  • Mamta MURTHI,, Country Director for Central Europe and Baltic Countries, The World Bank
  • Luiz DE MELLO, Deputy Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
  • Philip McCANN, Professor, University of Groningen

Panel 2 – Improving governance: how to build modern administrations?
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Issues to be discussed:
Enhancing institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders, efficient public administration, transparency and information

Chair: Michel SERVOZ, Director-General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

  • Paweł ORŁOWSKI, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Poland
  • Jane HUTT, Minister of Finance, Wales, UK
  • Miklos MARSCHALL, Deputy Director, Transparency International
  • Patrick ITSCHERT, Deputy Secretary-General, European Trade Union Confederation
  • Steven VAN DE WALLE, Professor University of Rotterdam

Panel 3 – How to build effective partnerships and multi-level governance arrangements
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Issues to be discussed:
Coordination and complementarity between ESI funds, simplification of rules for beneficiaries, use of local development initiatives

Chair: Jerzy Bogdan PLEWA, Director-General of DG Agriculture and Rural Development

  • Annemarie JORRITSMA, President, Council of European Municipalities and Regions
  • Arnaldo ABRUZZINI, Secretary General, EUROCHAMBRES
  • Pekka PESONEN, Secretary General, Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations
  • Paul SOTO, Team Leader, European Network for Rural Development
  • Andres RODRIGUEZ-POSE, Professor, London School of Economics

16:30 – 17:15

Coffee break

17:15 – 17:45

Keynote speech

  • "Europe's growth prospects" by A. Michael SPENCE, Nobel Prize Laureate for Economic Sciences, Professor of Economics, New York University Stern School of Business

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Reception, Berlaymont Piazza

Tuesday 9 September 2014

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09:45 – 10:15

Keynote speech

  • José Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission - Speech PDF
  • Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament - Speech PDF

10:15 – 11:45

Panel debate: Managing change in 2014-20 and beyond: What are the opportunities and challenges for Cohesion Policy in the future?
Open debate moderated by Karen Coleman and Mark Rogerson

  • Branko GRČIĆ, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, Croatia
  • Vera JOUROVA, Minister of Regional Development, Czech Republic
  • Iskra MIHAYLOVA, Chair of the Committee on Regional Development, European Parliament
  • Alberto NUNEZ FEIJOO, President of Galicia, Spain
  • Garrelt DUIN, Minister of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Questions from floor

11:45 – 12:30

Closing session
Keynote speech

  • The main challenges for the European Union until 2020 and beyond
    Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council - Speech PDF

Conclusions of the Forum

  • Johannes HAHN, Commissioner for Regional Policy - Speech

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch-Buffet offered by the European Commission