Stakeholder consultation by the Rapporteur Mr Gian Mario SPACCA (IT/ALDE - COTER)

23/05/2011   Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels, Room JDE 70
Gian Mario Spacca (IT/ALDE)

The Committee of the Regions is drafting an own initiative opinion on "Territorial cooperation in the Mediterranean through the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion". From the very outset, the Committee of the Regions welcomed initiatives to recognise a European macroregional strategy, since it promotes the involvement of regional and local entities, putting Multilevel Governance into practice.


Macroregions have the potential to be a new mode of territorial cooperation at the interregional and transnational level that can i) bolster the coherence and coordination of policy action in various sectors, ii) make sound use of financial resources, and iii) boost the role of regional and local authorities in line with the principles of multilevel governance, while at the same time getting civil society organisations extensively involved. Furthermore, the nature and scope of the macroregional approach tie in with other EU strategic policies, such as the Europe 2020 strategy, cohesion policy and the integrated maritime policy.

Meeting in Ancona on 5 May 2010, the Adriatic Ionian Council, adopted a declaration endorsing the proposal for a macroregional strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian area that is based on the application of the subsidiarity principle since it addresses a range of issues and problems that cannot be solved at local, regional and national levels alone.

The Rapporteur on the opinion, Mr Gian Mario Spacca (IT/ALDE) Member of the COTER Commission of the CoR and President of the Marche Region, is coming to Brussels and would be happy to meet with representatives of the associations of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders for a consultation and exchange of views on his opinion.

The consultation will take place in the aftermath of the meeting of the Adriatic Ionian Council, made up of foreign ministers from the member countries, that will meet in the morning of the same day in the Committee of the Regions. Because of the issues at stake, the consultation will be introduced by Mrs Mercedes Bresso (IT/PES), President of the CoR.

The consultation will focus on the issues raised by the Rapporteur in his working document. With simultaneous interpretation being provided, you will be able to speak in French, Italian and English while listening into English and Italian.


The Rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting. In addition, if you have any additional position papers touching upon the subject, you are welcome to send them to us by email to the addresses below.

For practical reasons, please confirm if you would like to attend, by sending an e-mail to the addresses below. 


The consultation will take place at the premises of the Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels, room JDE 70 at 14:30 - 17:00.


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