Events/Conf/Fairs, Regions and local development, European Commission
The Sixth Cohesion Forum debates will take place in Brussels on 8-9 September 2014. EU Cohesion Policy's mission of supporting growth, job creation and good governance is at the core of the event. With a total budget of around € 352 billion for the 2014-2020 financial period, Cohesion Policy will play a vital role in key areas for sustainable, long-term growth such as innovation, support to SMEs, improving people's qualifications, social inclusion and energy. The Forum comes at a vital time when the so called Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes are being agreed.
This year's theme is “Investment for jobs and growth: promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities”.
Launching the event, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn will be joined by Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of Latvia, and Sandro Gozi, Representative of the EU Presidency and Secretary of State for European Affairs, Italy. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Michel Lebrun, President of the Committee of the Regions, Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary affairs. A. Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences will also take part in the forum.
A press release will be available on the day.