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High-level conference in Sofia on EU Cohesion Policy post-2020

Sofia, 8 June 2018 - Minister Alenka Smerkolj attended a high-level conference called ‘’EU Cohesion Policy: Post-2020 Perspectives for Convergence and Sustainable Regions’’ which was organised by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to bring together Commissioners and high-level officials of the European Commission, members of the European Parliament and the European Committee of the Regions, and ministers from the Member States to discuss the future architecture and priorities of Cohesion Policy.


Participating in panel discussion, minister Smerkolj welcomed the fact that, despite the upcoming exit of United Kingdom from the European Union, the draft budget proposed by the Commission for the period beyond 2020 remains considerably comparable to the size of the current 2014-2020 budget, and serves as a good basis for further negotiations. Slovenia believes that the proposed budget is focused enough to allow the European Union to efficiently overcome the challenges it is being faced with. 


Minister Smerkolj also expressed support for the reformed Cohesion Policy which brings structural reforms, and fosters innovation, competitiveness and creation of quality jobs to support Europe’s move into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.