The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) agreed today to organise a high-level conference in Cluj Napoca, Romania entitled “An efficient Cohesion Policy starts with the ownership of the EU’s local and regional authorities”. The event is to be held in the first half of 2019, during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The main purpose of the event is to exchange views on the EU co-financed projects in regions and cities, whilst being able to make proposals on improving the future Cohesion Policy Regulations post 2020.

The decision regarding the event was taken on the same day as the COTER (territorial cohesion) commission of the European Committee of the Regions adopted unanimously its opinion on Cohesion Policy regulations, thus being the first European institutional body that has adopted a formal position based on the proposal made by the European Commission earlier this year.

The co-rapporteur on this opinion, Dr. Michael Schneider, State Secretary, Representative of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt to the Federal Government, President of the EPP-CoR Group, calls on the upcoming Romanian EU Presidency to do its utmost to support a timely adoption of the Cohesion Policy legislation: “the fundamental argument is that the lifecycle of the Cohesion Policy is a model of the European construction process. If we look at the achievements of Cohesion Policy, we can proudly say that it has contributed enormously to the peace, prosperity and security of our regions and cities across the EU“, said Mr. Schneider.

As the Mayor of Cluj Napoca and member of the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions, I am happy to host this event in my town showing my region that Europe starts in Cluj-Napoca. If we want to build a strong European Union, it is essential we bring citizens living in different regions and cities closer together“, explained Mr Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj – Napoca.

The event will be organised in the first half of 2019 by the European Committee of the Regions with the support of Cluj Napoca City Hall and the Association of Romanian Municipalities in the context of the forthcoming Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The participants will be representatives from regions and cities from across the European Union Member States, high level officials from the European institutions and ministers from EU Member States. This conference will be the largest event organised outside Bucharest during the Romanian Presidency to the EU.