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Open days 2008 – „Capital Cities and Regions



Thank you for registration for the Open Days debate on the future of the Cohesion Policy organised by:

„Capital Cities and Regions: Cohesion Policy Beyond 2013″

Date: Tuesday 7th of October, 09h15-12h00 (due to number of participants we would like to ask you to come on time at 9:15

Venue: Delegation of Prague to the EU (Avenue Palmerston 16, Brussels, 1000)

The aim of the debate is to discuss the special role and requirements of Capital Cities and Regions in cohesion policy with contributions from DG Regio, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, the organisers and the participants.

o Mrs. Katarina Mathernová, Deputy Director-General, DG Regio
o Mr. Jean-Sébastien Lamontagne, representing French Presidency, French Permanent representation
o Mr. Mikolasik, (EPP-ED) Slovak MEP
o Mr. Vladimir Kissiov, (EPP-ED, BU) Member of CoR-COTER
o Mr. Petr Osvald, (PSE; CZ) Member of CoR-COTER

The debate will be followed by a lunch buffet.

Interpreting English/French translation will be provided.

Please let us know if you will not be able to attend our debate via email , thank you for your kind cooperation.

Content of the debate:

First part:

Moderator:  Jean-Charles de Cordes,
 Welcome to all participants and introduction of the conglomerate members and reasons that led to its foundation
 Introduction of the panelists

Mrs. Katarina Mathernová – Deputy Director General, European Commission / DG Regio
 Current cohesion policy
 Future of the cohesion policy after 2013

Jean-Sébastien Lamontagne – Counsellor on regional policy at the French permanent representation to the EU on behalf of the French Presidency
 Reaction on Mrs. Mathernová from the point of view of the European Council and French presidency
 Future of the cohesion policy after 2013

Reaction of the representatives from organizing regions

Mr Mikolasik: Member of the Regional Development Committee, European Parliament
 What are the main challenges? Urban issues.

Mr. Petr Osvald and Mr. Vladimir Kissiov: Members of the COTER Committee, Committee of the Regions
 What kind of role should regions and cities play in the decision making process?

Reaction of the representatives from organizing regions

Second part:
Open debate
 Moderated discussion among all participants on issues concerning cohesion policy and its future based on information from the first part.

The debate will be followed by a lunch buffet.



regions First Name Surname Organisation Function
Prague Markéta Reedová Prague City Hall Deputy Mayor
Budapest Iván Tosics Municipality of Budapest Advisor to the Mayor
Ile-de-France Patrick Franjou Ile-de-France Regional Council Director of European Affairs
Madrid Belén Gómez de Enterría Madrid Regional Government Responsible for the Evaluation Unit of the Sub-Directorate General of European Funds
Bratislava Region Peter Osusky Comenius University Bratislava Vice-rector
Nicosia Maria Mavrou Municipality of Nicosia Director of the EU Affairs office
Sofia Irina Yordanova Sofia Municipality Municipal Councilor
G4 Henk de Jong City of Amsterdam City Manager