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Athens Summit of Regions and cities debate future of Europe

On 8 March in front of over 800 participants consisting of the EU's Committee of the Regions' members and the Greek public, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso will join President of the Committee of the Regions, Ramon Luis Valcárcel, to discuss the EU's growth and jobs strategy, the upcoming European elections as well as the main challenges facing the Union.

On the first day of the Summit on 7 March on – entitled "European Recovery, Local Solutions" - Europe's political leaders reviewed the challenges and solutions being undertaken by EU regions and cities to promote growth and jobs and tackle the crisis. President of the European Investment Bank President, Werner Hoyer, the Greek Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Yves Leterme shared their views on the economic and social situation in the EU.

Where next for Europe 2020: Cities and regions to publish its view on the EU's growth strategy

The Committee of the Regions took the opportunity to release its position on the EU's growth strategy – Europe 2020. On 7 March the Committee's Bureau adopted its "Athens Declaration" as well as published its mid-term review, presenting Europe's local and regional authorities' position on the state of play of the EU's economic strategy. With the declaration the CoR is actively contributing to the on-going assessment of Europe 2020, just a few days after the release of the communication "Taking Stock of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth" by the European Commission, the Committee calls for a stronger territorial dimension in the revised strategy.

The Summit is being organised by the EU's Committee of the Regions and the Greek Region of Attica. It is supported by the EU Greek Presidency, the Information Office of the European Parliament in Athens and the European Commission's Representation in Greece.

Further information

Where: Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, Athens

When: 7-8 March 2014

For more information visit: www.cor.europa.eu/athens2014

For any questions related to the Summit email: Summit2014@cor.europa.eu​​