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Cohesion policy will be based on solidarity or it won’t have a solid and bright future. It must support citizens in their personal development. It must be about sustainability, quality infrastructure and economic development which reduces the gaps between regions, between generations and between gender. Cohesion policy must be visible for the citizens. This is absolutely crucial for the image of Europe. It must invest in areas where national investments lack and it must also be ready to deal with new challenges such as migration. We must aim for a greater coherence through thematic concentration, a proper control mechanism, a single audit chain, the implementation of a standard cost and a coordination with EU macroeconomic policies in order to achieve simplification and so increase the efficiency of the cohesion policy. This will e.g. enable cities to better tackle urban problems such as poverty or pollution and will positively influence cross-border & territorial cooperation which will also aid in reducing inequalities. A strong “social pillar” & focus on human development through better education are indispensable for an EU that is & also feels “together”.