CoR debates EU future challenges and evaluates its 20 years of existence

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​Addressing all the national delegations, the Committee of the Regions' (CoR) President, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, has today called for the "strengthening of the CoR's political role in the EU legislative process by reinforcing inter-institutional relations with the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission".

To mark its 20th anniversary, the CoR President, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (ES/EPP), has proposed issuing a reflection document on the future institutional role of the CoR in the European Union. The CoR's President discussed today, during the annual meeting with the CoR national delegations, the main steps to be taken to prepare this report. "The CoR's resources should be oriented to offer a greater support to Members in their political work, whilst ensuring that the voice of cities and regions is heard by other institutions, especially our concerns on the European economy," said the CoR President. He also stressed the need "to further cooperate with other EU institutions to account for the territorial, financial and regulatory impact of EU legislation on regions and cities". Finally, Valcárcel recalled the need to finalise the on-going CoR works on the promotion of Multilevel Governance. In that respect he defended a "European Union based on the work of all levels of government – national, regional and local".

The CoR First Vice-President, Mercedes Bresso (IT/PES), proposed to establish a closer cooperation between the CoR and the national associations representing regions and cities. She also reminded the national delegations about the important role played by local and regional authorities to help other EU institutions on the simplification of EU legislation.

During the meeting, other issues were addressed by the heads of the 28 national delegations such as the need to further promote CoR opinions. They also pointed out the important role played by the CoR as a forum for communicating and exchanging good practices thanks to its platforms and networks.