EU Commissioner Cretu to visit quake stricken Aegean islands on Wednesday

European Commissioner for Regional Development Corina Cretu has changed her programme and will visit the quake stricken Aegean islands on Wednesday.

Cretu made the following statement in the plenary session of the European Parliament in response to questions from the Vice-President of the EU Parliament Dimitris Papadimoulis.

She pointed out that she has proposed to the European Commission the total funding in cases of natural disaster.

The Commissioner also called on the European North to show solidarity to the European South and to Eastern Europe by strengthening and not undermining the cohesion policy and underlined that “The message of the European Parliament is strong and clear: cohesion policy should not only continue after 2020, but it must also be strengthened. Because inequalities, both social and regional, have increased in the recent years. And so is unemployment and poverty and the distance between rich and poor countries and regions. Without a strong cohesion policy without real European solidarity, the European perspective is at risk. When we all work together for something, but the rich become richer and the poor poorer, then the EU itself faces the risk of dissolution.”