At the invitation of Mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close, mayor Milan Bandic participated today at 7. the meeting of the mayors of the major cities of the European Union and the European Commission. The main topics of this meeting are the European Agenda and Cohesion Policy.

In his introductory complimentary speech, the mayor of Brussels noted the importance of this 7. the meeting of the mayors of the major cities of the European Union and of the European Commission, which this year stands out precisely in the context of the European Agenda for Cohesion Policy and the importance of public investment.

Corina Cretu, European Commissioner in her speech on cohesion policy, pointed out that the power of cities is precisely in communion that promotes economic, social and territorial cohesion policies that act as a long-term investment policy in all regions and is more than necessary to overcome economic , social and territorial differences, and through better communication and sufficient resources will strengthen the principles of partnership at the local level, which will certainly contribute to the effectiveness of this policy.

Mayor Milan Bandic in his presentation looked at the future of Cohesion Policy and stressed that Zagreb as a European city has confidence in the integrity of European values, a combination of tradition and modernity in Europe and the need for its smooth development. It is precisely the Cohesion policy which allows it.

We deeply believe that its strengthening, we are strengthening the unique market of the European Union, is strengthening the growth, and thus the linkage and unity of the European Union, ie the European Union as a whole, said Mayor Bandic.

The City of Zagreb is one of the more than one hundred cities and regions that support the Cohesion Alliance with the goal of strengthening the cohesion policy.
As the mayor of the capital of the Republic of Croatia, the fact that the City of Zagreb was recognized as an equal partner in the use of European funds in the Republic of Croatia through the delegated function of the mediating body for the Integrated Territorial Investment Mechanism.

We consider this kind of form of decentralization of the use of European funds, including the local level in the management and use of European funds. Hence, we hope that there will be greater confidence in the next financial year, and that we will be able to, besides participating in the qualitative evaluation process, really manage funds destined for the development of cities.

Mrs. Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, welcomed the Nazis, who stressed the importance and the growing influence and linkages of the major cities with the European Commission, which he considers to be extremely positive.

At the end of the meeting, the Mayor's Declaration of the Heads of EU Cities on Public Investment, Cohesion Policy and the EU Cities Program was adopted.

In addition to the Mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandic, the mayor of Brisel Phillipe Close was also attended by Femke Halsema, Mayor of Amsterdama, Yiorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Gerry Woop, Deputy Mayor of Berlin, Cathleen Carney Boud, Deputy Mayor of Dublin, Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki, Zoran Jankovic, Mayor of Ljubljana, Joanne McCartney, Deputy Mayor of London, Colette Mart, Deputy Mayor of Luxembourg, Manuela Carmen, Mayor of Madrid, Constantinos Yiorkadjis, Mayor of Nicosia, Hermano Sanches-Ruivo, Deputy Mayor of Paris, Nils Usakovs, Viriginia Raggi, Mayor of Rome, Jordanka Fandakov, Mayor of Sofia, Andrei Novikov, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, Michael Ludwig, Mayor of Vienna, and Corina Cretu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee a region, Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice President, Daniël Termont, President of Eurocities, Stefano Bonaccini, President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.

The first meeting of the Mayor of the European Union and European Commission was held in February, at the initiative of former Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahhn, with the aim of engaging in a debate on the role that major cities can have in achieving EU goals.

To date, the meetings have been held in Brussels, Rome, Vienna, Amsterdam and Riga. (downloaded from