Vienna, 30 November 2009 - "Entrusting an Austrian with regional policy is an expression of recognition of Austria's role in the EU and in particular for Gio Hahn as a person. Following agriculture and foreign policy, Austria again receives a key portfolio in the Commission ", said Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger on today’s confirmation that Johannes Hahn will be responsible for regional policy in the future team of EU Commissioners.
"Gio Hahn thus assumes a core function, especially in view of the development of a sustainable exit strategy from the economic and financial crisis. This portfolio is of decisive importance, also in connection with the imminent negotiations on the EU Financial Perspectives and on major EU projects such as the EU strategy for the Danube Region, which is scheduled for implementation next year. I wish to extend my warm congratulations to Gio Hahn for this exciting task for the future", the Foreign Minister concluded.
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