Public hearing on "The future of cohesion policy in the post-2020 period"

9 a.m.   Registration and coffee

9.30 a.m.  Welcome and introduction

  • Ester Vitale, President of the Study Group on the "Future of cohesion policy", European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Stefano Palmieri, President, Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO), EESC

Future of cohesion policy – key points of the opinion

  • Stefano Mallia, Rapporteur for the opinion on the "Future of cohesion policy", EESC
  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, Co-rapporteur for the opinion on the ''Future of cohesion policy'', EESC

9.50 a.m.  Key note speech from Ms Luminita ODOBESCU, Ambassador, permanent Representation of Romania to EU (Presidency of EU)

The future of cohesion policy after European elections - Can we do more with less money?

Moderator: Lyubov Pronina, Bloomberg News reporter

  • Irina Cruceru, Attaché-First secretary, in charge of Cohesion policy, Romanian Permanent Representation to EU (Presidency of EU)
  • Thomas Wobben, Director for Legislative Works, European Committee of the Regions
  • Joana Valente, Senior Adviser and strategy coordinator, BusinessEurope
  • Claude Denagtergal, Senior Advisor, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
  • Luc Hendrickx, Director Enterprise Policy & External Relations, SMEunited
  • Estela Lopez-Hermoso, Policy analyst for Cohesion policy at the Conference for Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR)
  • Ilona Raugze, Director of ESPON EGTC
  • Heather Roy, Secretary General, Eurodiaconia

General Debate

12.30 a.m.  Next steps and concluding remarks

  • Anna Wagner, Policy Officer, DG REGIO, European Commission

1 p.m.  End of the hearing

Interpretation from: DE/ES/EN/EL/FR/IT into: ES/EN/FR/IT