Before the opening session of the OPEN DAYS some 100 regional and national media journalists had the opportunity to ask their questions to Commissioner Hahn and President Valcárcel.
One of Commissioner Hahn's key messages was: "Regional and local projects are better designed and identified at the subnational levels with the support of local and regional authorities and that is why we defend the Multilevel Governance. But we also have to keep in mind that the level of decentralised powers is not the same in all EU countries.
President Valcárcel also stated: "Regional policy is the leverage to achieve local and regional prosperity. The European Union has to be seen as the solution to the economic crisis and not as the problem."