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V4 and Slovenia Representatives Met in Prague to Discuss the Future of the Cohesion Policy

 

(This article expired 19.04.2013.)

Prague, 22 March, 2012: Officials of the Visegrad Group and Slovenia met in Prague to discuss a new concept of the Cohesion Policy. Officials of the five countries informally debated about their positions and setting of the Cohesion Policy conditions for the following seven programming years of 2014-2020. At the end of their meeting they adopted a joint declaration which would be presented at the nearest sessions within the EU. The meeting was held at the conference premises of the Old Town Hall.

Currently, there is a heated debate within the EU and individual Member States regarding priorities and funding of the Cohesion Policy in the future programming period. In the course of these preparations, the Ministry of Regional Development puts emphasis on cooperation with V4 countries and Slovenia. This cooperation promotes the voice of Central Europe to be heard within European institutions.

The afternoon meeting culminated by adopting a joint declaration which highlights the importance of the Cohesion Policy for regional development, strengthening of the common market, integrated territorial development and mitigating impacts of the crisis. The wording of the declaration contains concrete proposals to harmonize the process of drafting conditions of the new Cohesion Policy for 2014-2020 and to negotiate with the European Commission. The V4 countries and Slovenia agreed that it is necessary to quickly proceed with the negotiations of the new programming period, which will allow for its successful and timely start. The Czech Republic as the V4 presiding country will present the common conclusions to all 27 Member States in April at the next session of the General Affairs Council.

The meeting was accompanied by two specialized conferences held on 22 and 23 March, 2012 concerning the future of the Cohesion Policy in the area of competitiveness and growth and on conditions of the EU Cohesion Policy in the field of employment and social inclusion.

Source: Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic, www.mmr.cz

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