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V4 ministers want EU to support housing renewal

PREPARATION for the financial period 2007-2013 and the possibility of solving the panel housing estate situation were the main topics of the session of V4 regional development ministers who met in Sielnica (Banská Bystrica region) on December 2, the TASR news agency reported.

They closed the session by signing a declaration to create a common regional policy.

"We want housing to be given support in the next EU budget," Laszló Gyurovszky, Slovak Minister for Regional Construction told journalists at a news conference after the session.

V4 representatives are demanding a programme for the regeneration and renewal of panel-block housing estates.

Ministers agreed on the need for success in negotiating the EU’s financial plan for the 2007-2013 period.

Ministers also welcomed the so-called Bristol Agreement, which is being prepared ahead of a conference on sustainable communities in Bristol, UK.

"It is not possible to create a general approach for all kind of communities, but one for each situation that reflects the economic, cultural and social reality and historical development of a community," the ministers' declaration reads.

Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
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