Social Cohesion policy plays a decisive role in eliminating inequalities
The Regional Governor of Attica, Rena Dourou, has attended the 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities, which was held on the 14th and 15th of March in Bucharest, at the invitation of the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Karl-Heinz Lambertz. This Summit focused on the issue of the new EU cohesion policy framework in view of the 2019-2024 Strategic Agenda.
The Regional Governor of Attica, Rena Dourou, together with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, participated in the thematic debate on “Territorial cohesion to bring EU's citizens together”. In her speech, Rena Dourou, stressed that “Today, perhaps more than ever before, the European Union's cohesion policy is called upon to play the key role envisaged by its inspirer, Jacques Delors, that is to contribute decisively to social solidarity and the elimination of economic, social and territorial inequalities.” The Regional Governor also emphasised that “We are faced with this challenge in the run-up to the May European Parliament elections, a crucial moment for the future of the European project that will either integrate social and environmental policies into a development plan emphasising social justice and equality or will cease to exist all together. We need a new political and social model, where local and regional authorities can play a central role in a multilevel governance. Faced with today's threats, coming from neoliberalism, nationalism and the extreme right, Municipalities and Regions must raise a shield to protect Democracy and safeguard the present and future of our children. As is the case elsewhere, Europe is also facing the same dilemma: backwardness or progress.’’