The mayors of 29 Greek municipalities arrived in Brussels on Wednesday to sign the #CohesionAlliance Declaration.
“Especially at this time when the European integration project is being shaken by the repercussions of the economic crisis affecting many European societies and being questioned by extremist political forces and populism, it is necessary to ensure a strong and effective cohesion policy that continues after 2020,” said the president of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece Giorgos Patoulis.
Patoulis made the statement after a meeting with the President of the European Committee of the Regions Karl-Heinz Lambertz, who stressed that the EU, in order to have a future, needs a policy of cohesion to keep the states and regions together.
The #CohesionAlliance is a coalition of those who believe that EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU’s future. The Alliance was created through cooperation between the leading European associations of cities and regions and the European Committee of the Regions. It demands that the EU budget after 2020 makes cohesion policy stronger, more effective, visible and available for every region in the European Union.