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European Union – Regional policy – Speech by Harlem Désir at the Cohesion Forum (Brussels, September 8 to 9, 2014)

Mr. Désir reaffirmed the key role of cohesion policy with respect to innovation, support for the energy transition, and support for small and medium-sized firms. The conclusion of the partnership agreement governing the use of these funds in France on August 8, 2014, will ensure that projects can actually get under way.

European Union – Regional policy – Speech by Harlem Désir at the Cohesion Forum (Brussels, September 8 to 9, 2014)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, opened the 6th Cohesion Forum yesterday in Brussels.

The consolidation and stimulation of growth are also dependent on territorial cohesion.

Discussions notably focused on the mobilization of the €352 billion allocated under the cohesion policy for the period 2014-2020 in support of growth and employment in Europe.

Mr. Désir reaffirmed the key role of cohesion policy with respect to innovation, support for the energy transition, and support for small and medium-sized firms. The conclusion of the partnership agreement governing the use of these funds in France on August 8, 2014, will ensure that projects can actually get under way.

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