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Press Release – Improving the effectiveness and governance of cohesion policy on the agenda
05.11.2012, 14:50 (CET)
Ways of improving the effectiveness and governance of cohesion policy will be the focus of discussions between the EU’s Ministers for Cohesion Policy, in their informal meeting to be held tomorrow, November 6, in Lefkosia (Nicosia). The meeting will be the last Informal Ministerial Meeting to take place in Cyprus during the Presidency.

The informal meeting will be chaired by the Cypriot Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis. The meeting will look into the effectiveness of cohesion policy and how the new elements of the policy will be best put into practice.

The main discussion of the meeting will be based on the Issues Paper that was circulated by the Presidency, on October 30, 2012, entitled ‘Improving the effectiveness and added value of Cohesion Policy’ and the Member States will be invited to present their position.

Maximising the added value

“We should find how the new elements of cohesion policy will be put into practice and ensure that the elements are effectively combined with national policy practice to maximise the added value of cohesion policy”, stated Ambassador Mavroyiannis.

The European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Mr. Johannes Hahn and the Chair of the Committee on Regional Development of the European Parliament, Ms. Danuta Hübner, will also participate in the meeting.

Enhancing the governance of cohesion policy

During lunch, the ministers will also discuss the non-paper, issued by the Cyprus Presidency on ‘Governance of Cohesion Policy at Union level’.

“It is a great opportunity to exchange views on the effectiveness of such an important EU policy, during a period when the EU should do its utmost to restore citizens’ confidence and the Union should come closer to its citizens and their needs.

Now, more than ever before, there is a need to work towards delivering the highest possible EU added value for cohesion policy expenditure, and contributing to the achievement of the objectives of the ‘Europe 2020’ Strategy” added the Cypriot Deputy Minister.

Another important event related to cohesion policy is also taking place in Cyprus this week. The Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions is holding its annual general assembly in Lefkosia (Nicosia) today, November 5. The discussions are dedicated to the territorial cohesion for EU islands, for the post 2013 period.

Presidency Spokesperson in Cyprus
Costas Yennaris



Email: cyennaris@cy2012eu.gov.cy
Mobile: +357 99400234
Communications Officer
Poly Papavassiliou

Office of the Deputy Minister for European Affairs

Email: ppapavassiliou@cy2012eu.gov.cy
Telephone: +357 22400144

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