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EU budget - 27.10.2005

CEMR president to Tony Blair: 'We are running out of time on EU's financial perspectives!"
CEMR president and mayor of Vienna Michael Häupl, has sent a letter (25.10.05) to the president of the European Council, UK Prime minister Tony Blair, asking him to do his utmost to reach an agreement on the EU budget for the 2007-2013 period.
This is particularly important in relation to the future of structural funds, writes Michael Häupl. A considerable lead-in time is needed to ensure good quality programmes that meet the key objectives; our cities and regions need early clarification of the financial and practical bases for their work.
CEMR president adds that it would be a serious error to reduce cohesion policy to the least developed regions and states alone”¦ Cohesion and competitiveness are two sides of the same coin. It would be damaging and counter-productive to reduce further the overall financial package for cohesion policy.
We therefore ask you to use all your endeavours to achieve the necessary decisions, so that we - Europe's regions and cities - can get on with our task, within a cohesion and regional policy, of developing stronger regional and local economies, more sustainable communities, and a better social fabric.
The letter was cosigned by the co-chairs of CEMR's Cohesion Policy forum, Louis Le Pensec and Chris White.
Last July, CEMR's executive bureau adopted a declaration on the future perspectives of the European Union, at its meeting in Stuttgart. It urged the members of the European Council to co-operate to reach agreement on the overall financial perspectives for the EU for the 2007 - 2013 period.
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