A fresh survey of local and regional authorities, a new study by Metis GmbH and a detailed analysis of the main documents of the 2016 European Semester carried out by the CoR – presented in this occasion - show that the local and regional authorities have a role to play in overcoming obstacles to investment.
To be able to boost long-term investments most conducive to innovation, productivity and growth, the local and regional authorities need fresh financial resources, to be seen as partners by their national governments and to improve their administrative capacity.
The President of the CoR, in his quality of rapporteur of a CoR Opinion on this topic, will discuss with representatives of the OECD, think-tanks and academia.
14:30 – 14:50Overcoming territorial obstacles to investment: key facts
Presentations by Bert Kuby (CoR, Head of Unit ECON Secretariat) and by Haris Martinos (METIS GmbH)
14:50 – 15:30Statements from Michael Thöne (FiFo-Köln), Haris Martinos and Gregory Claeys (Bruegel) and exchange with the audience
15:30 – 16:00Bridging the investment gap: the role of the local and regional authoritiesRemarks by Markku Markkula (CoR President)
Investing in Europe's regions and cities: multilevel governance and the quality of public administrationStatements by Claire Charbit (Deputy Head of the OECD Regional Development Policy Division)
16:00 - 16:50Statements from panellists and general discussion with the audience
16:50 – 17:00Wrapping-up
Claire Charbit Claire Charbit coordinates the OECD Dialogue with Sub national governments within the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate. She has developed the OECD’s work program on multi-level governance, and its impact on regional development policies in the Regional Development Policy Division. She has contributed to several horizontal reports on related topics and worked on national territorial reviews like the ones on Finland, Brazil, Chile, France, Morocco, etc. as well as regional and metropolitan ones. She also pioneered the OECD’s work on contracts across levels of government, the use of performance indicators in regional politics, and has developed what has become a standard methodology for analysing multi-level governance – thereby informing studies on water governance, fiscal decentralisation, public investment and now migration policies. She has, on a regular basis, participated in expert meetings on both national and international level and organised the OECD Ministerial Meeting on “Regions and cities: where policies and people meet”, in Marseille, France, December 2013. Claire Charbit holds a PhD in Economics, specializing in institutional economics. Before joining the OECD in 2004, she was an associate professor of innovation, networks and institutional economics at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.
Markku Markkula Markku Markkula is the President of the European Committee of the Regions and currently rapporteur on the opinion on 'Bridging the Investment Gap: How to tackle the challenges?'. A long-standing politician, Mr. Markkula has been member of the Espoo City Council since 1980 and is a former member of the Finnish Parliament. Mr. Markkula works at the Aalto University as advisor to Aalto Presidents, where his focus mainly lays on European Union research, innovation and education policy affairs.