Cohesion Policy programmes for 2007-2013 are set to boost jobs and growth throughout the EU's Member States and regions, thanks to intensive negotiations that have succeeded in formulating tailor-made solutions to challenges ahead.
That is the message from Commissioners Danuta Hbner (Regional Policy) and Vladimr pidla (Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities), who presented the results of negotiations today.
They unveiled a Communication on the results of negotiations on cohesion policy strategies and programmes for 2007-2013. This analyses the 450 programmes, and concludes that Member States and regions have radically shifted their priorities, earmarking significant investment for competitiveness, jobs and growth in line with the Lisbon Strategy. [extract]