To improve dialogue with local stakeholders and citizens, the European Committee of the Regions has launched a new local communication strategy and has become involved in three citizens' debates, taking place in Chinon on 29 March, in Paris on 4 April and in Rouillon on 3 May.
The European Committee of the Regions currently supports and takes part in local events organised in the Member States on the initiative of one or more Committee members or EU local and regional authorities and their national associations, in partnership with the EU institutions and their national offices, i.e. the information offices of the European Parliament (EPIOs), the Commission representations, and the official EU information networks (e.g. Europe Direct information centres).
It was therefore an obvious step for the CoR to be involved with the Europe Direct information centres in Tours, Paris and Le Mans in organising the Parlons d'Europe en région ("Let's talk about Europe at local level") events, which are part of a series of citizens' debates taking place in France and promoted by Christophe Rouillon, member of the European Committee of the Regions, mayor of Coulaines and vice-president of the Association of Mayors of France.
On 4 April, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, first vice-president of the European Committee of the Regions, will speak at the Paris event, together with Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, and Stéphanie Von Euw, vice-president of the Île-de-France Regional Council in charge of European Affairs.
It is essential to enlist the support of ordinary people, especially the younger generation, for EU priorities, and to organise participatory events at local level that allow the public and local authorities in the EU to talk about their interests and expectations.