Brussels, 6 December 2016: AEBR Delegation meets Commissioner Creţu:
AEBR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz, AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez and Jens Gabbe, Chair of the AEBR Advisory Committee, took part in this meeting, which lasted for approx. 1 hour. The focus was set on the future of Cohesion Policy, which is currently also criticized because of the slow flow of funds. In Addition, the correlation between Regional and Cohesion Policy as well as cross-border cooperation was discussed. Commissioner Creţu underlined the important contribution of cross-border cooperation to European Integration. There should be a better presentation of Territorial Cohesion as second pillar of Cohesion Policy in the upcoming 7th Cohesion Report. The CB Review under implementation was also discussed, as well as some deeper involvement of the AEBR in some particular initiatives.
The AEBR invited Commissioner Creţu to the organisation’s next Annual Conference, which will take place from 26 to 28 October 2017 in Spain. Commissoner Creţu also confirmed her willingness to hold the patronage of the AEBR Cross-Border Award „Sail of Papenburg“ 2017. The call for the award 2017 will be opened in the first months of the year 2017. The AEBR has also been invited to several events in order to highligh the importance of Territorial Coperation.