7th Cohesion Forum

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

Conference Agenda PPT


Monday 26 June 2017




Opening Session
Webstreaming EN-DE-FR-IT-PL-ES-RO

Welcome and setting the scene

  • Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy
  • Opening remarks/Keynote speech

  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Growth, Jobs, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission
  • 14.30-16.30

    1st PANEL DEBATE – Cohesion, investment and structural reforms

    • Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs
    • Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister, Slovakia
    • Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Minister of Finance, Latvia
    • Claudio De Vincenti, Minister for Territorial cohesion and Mezzogiorno, Italy
    • Philippe Richert, President of Association of French regions and President of Region GrandEst, France



  • Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources
  • 16.50-17.00

    Comfort break


    PARALLEL WORKSHOPS – The views from the other institutions

    WS 1: Addressing divides: regions, cities, and rural areas

    Chair: Constanze Krehl, Member of the European Parliament

    Introductory speech:

    Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development


  • Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary General of the OECD
  • Michael Schneider, Committee of the Regions, Member of the Committee of the Regions and State Secretary, Representative of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
  • Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Paul Soto, Team Leader of the Contact Point of the European Network for Rural Development
  • WS 2: Creating resilience: social inclusion and innovation

    Chair: Lambert Van Nistelrooij, Member of the European Parliament

    Introductory speech:

    Corina Crețu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy - Speech


  • Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Patrizio Bianchi, Regional Minister for Coordination of European Policies for Growth, Education, Vocational training, University, Research and Employment of Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Mrs Mariya Voyvodova, Deputy Mayor of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe
  • WS 3: Making the most of public investment: governance and cooperation

    Chair: Iskra Mihaylova, Member of the European Parliament

    Introductory speech:

    Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries


  • Vazil Hudák, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
  • Karla Šlechtová, Minister of Regional Development, Czech Republic
  • Beate Merk, Minister of State for European Affairs and Regional Relations of the Free State of Bavaria, Germany
  • Rosa Quintana Carballo, Regional Minister for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs of Galicia, Spain
  • 19.00-21.00

    RECEPTION, Berlaymont Piazza

    Welcoming by Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy and Aaron Farrugia, Parlamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue, Malta.

    Tuesday 27 June 2017

    Webstreaming OR-EN-DE-FR-IT-PL-ES


    Keynote speech

    • Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament - Speech PDF
    • Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission - Speech PDF
    • Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister, Malta - Speech PDF


    2nd PANEL DEBATE – Globalization and technological change: a European response

    • Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of the Regions
    • Pedro Marques, Minister of Planning and Infrastructure, Portugal
    • Jacques Mézard, Minister of territorial cohesion, France
    • Enrico Rossi, President of Tuscany and Vice-President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions



    • Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility - Speech PDF




    KEYNOTE SPEECH: EU cohesion policy, a forward looking perspective

  • Fabrizio Barca, Author of 'An agenda for a reformed cohesion policy' - Speech PDF
  • 14.30-16.15

    3rd PANEL DEBATE – Simple, more effective rules: a blueprint

    • Gabrijela Žalac, Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, Croatia
    • Kerstin Westphal, Member of the European Parliament
    • Paweł Chorąży, Undersecretary of State for Economic Development, Poland
    • Siim Kallas, Chair of the High Level Group on Simplification
    • John Bachtler, Professor of European Policy Studies and Director of the European Policies Research Centre



    • Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy - Speech