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Investment on TEN-T crucial to create new jobs and boost sustainable growth

Press release: The funding of TEN-T networks under the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework, the role of local and regional authorities in the Connecting Europe Facility management and the contribution of EU cohesion policy 2014-2020 to infrastructure investment were discussed by the President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, and the European Commission's Vice-President in charge of transport, Siim Kallas, during a meeting on 6 March.

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CoR President writes to EU Heads of State and Government urging to support a larger cohesion budget


The President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), Ramón Luis Valcárcel, sent a letter to the Heads of State and Government urging them to support a bigger EU budget, warning that "new cuts in the cohesion policy heading could harm growth prospects and damage economic recovery''.

CoR: Delivering Europe 2020 requires more involvement of local and regional authorities and more financial investment

The 3rd Committee of the Regions (CoR) Monitoring Report on Europe 2020 shows that widespread awareness and support for Europe 2020 are not enough to meet the ambitious targets of Europe's growth strategy. There is an urgent need to commit more financial resources and to better engage local and regional authorities in the process. The CoR report shows that: ' despite growing levels of consultation with bodies representing local and regional authorities (LRAs), the shaping of Europe 2020 National Reform Programmes are still being decided by national governments. Europe 2020, the report stresses, is therefore failing to benefit from the potential that a coordinated approach between the different levels of governance could bring in delivering its objectives'.

OPEN DAYS 2012: Securing EU Regional Policy as Europe's Growth Fund

The biggest annual event in the world of regional and urban policy marks its 10th anniversary at a critical time. Talks on the EU budget are entering their final, crucial phase and major reforms of how the structural funds operate are on the table. More than 6,000 regional representatives from around Europe will join the call for a strong Regional Policy with a budget to match.

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