For the first time multi-level governance (MLG) has been firmly anchored as a guiding principle in the EU Cohesion Policy for 2014-2020. This new approach should inspire the upcoming review of the Europe 2020 Strategy in inciting greater ownership of local and regional authorities and effective delivery of growth and jobs on the ground. MLG also needs to be applied when communicating Europe to citizens so as to step away from the usual top-down approach of explaining and "selling" Europe. These are the main messages expressed today at the conference "Governing a multilevel Europe" organised by the Committee of the Regions.
The Committee of the Regions' (CoR) longstanding determination has ensured that the principle of "multilevel governance" is now more firmly enshrined in EU policy-making and delivery, in particular through the recent adoption of the Charter for Multilevel Governance in Europe. To assess the state of play of the application of this guiding principle in public policy, the CoR brought today policy-makers from all levels of governments, as well as representatives from international organisations and European associations, to focus on two key issues where multi-level governance proves most valuable: EU cohesion policy and its connection with the Europe 2020 Strategy; and the role of regions and cities in communicating Europe and EU citizenship.