Ukrainian and EU mayors and regional leaders will meet beforehand to discuss reconstruction. Also on #CoRplenary agenda: debate on the European Year of Youth, with Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission.
At the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions on 30 November and 1 December, Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Marian Jurečka, will address the consequences for European households of the energy crisis caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, while Janusz Wojciechowski, European Commissioner for Agriculture, will discuss the war's impact on European food security.
The third focus of the plenary will be on the European Year of Youth, which
ends on 31 December, and the Charter for Youth and Democracy developed
jointly by the European Youth Forum and the European Committee of the
In addition, members of the CoR will adopt opinions on ten legislative
dossiers – ranging from support for remote and depopulated areas to the
circular economy, innovation, and the EU's own resources – and two
resolutions, on the European Year of Skills 2023 and the European
Commission's Work Programme for 2023.
The plenary will be preceded on Tuesday, 29 November, by a meeting of the
European Alliance of Cities and Regions for the Reconstruction of
together with high-level officials from the Ukrainian government and
European Commission. Vitaliy Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv and
President of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, and a delegation of
Ukrainian mayors, will provide an assessment of the damage and
recovery/reconstruction needs at local level, while Ihor Korkhovyi, Deputy Minister for Communities and
Territories Development of Ukraine on European Integration, will outline
how the Ukrainian government is implementing its National Recovery Plan in
the midst of war. Russia's attacks on Ukraine's municipal electricity,
water and gas infrastructure may mean that the Ukrainian delegation will
speak by video link.
Follow the plenary on the CoR website
30 November, 4.30 p.m.: Debate on the food crisis
Janusz Wojciechowski, European Commissioner for Agriculture, and MEP
(DE/EPP) of the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural
Development. Commissioner Wojciechowski and MEP Mortler will take stock of
measures taken by the EU in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and
high food prices, coupled with the concerns about the effects of the
climate crisis. The CoR has pushed for a strategy and measures to increase
the resilience of the European food system at the regional level.
1 December, 9.00 a.m.: Debate on the European Year of Youth and
Endorsement of the Charter for Youth and Democracy, with the President of the European Committee of the Regions,
Vasco Alves Cordeiro, and the President of the European Youth Forum, Silja Markkula, will be joined by
Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Promoting
our European Way of Life, will be joined by young leaders from across
Europe and from all political groups for a debate on the European Year of
Youth, which ends on 31 December. The debate, which will consider the role
of local and regional authorities in ensuring that the needs and
aspirations of the young generation are recognised, will also reflect on
lessons taken from the process of drafting an EU Charter on Youth and
Democracy, which the CoR initiated together with the European Youth Forum
as part of its contribution to European Year of Youth. During the plenary,
the CoR will adopt an opinion on "The Future of Youth Policy in the EU" drafted by
(SL/Greens), mayor of Škofja Loka.
1 December, 2.30 p.m.: Debate on the energy crisis and consequences for
Marian Jurečka, Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, and
Lilyana Pavlova, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank. The representatives of
Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and of the EU's
lending arm will join the debate with
Vasco Alves Cordeiro
(PT/PES), President of the European Committee of the
(PL/EPP), Mayor of Warsaw and chairman of the CoR's Commission for the
Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE),
(RO/EPP), Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the
European Parliament, and
Mohamed Ridouani, Mayor of Leuven. The CoR is calling for local and regional authorities to
be direct beneficiaries of the emergency funds, together with businesses
and households. It is calling for regions and cities to be at the heart of
energy market structural reforms planned for 2023.
RESOLUTIONS FOR ADOPTION
OPINIONS FOR ADOPTION
"The Future of Youth Policy in the EU." Rapporteur:
(SL/Greens), mayor of Škofja Loka.
"Extending the list of EU crimes to hate speech and hate crimes." Rapporteur:
(PL/EPP), mayor of Gdańsk.
- "Enhancing cohesion policy support for regions with geographic and
demographic handicaps." Rapporteur:
(FR/EA), member of the Corsican regional authority
- "Small urban areas as key actors to manage a just transition." Rapporteur:
(IE/EA), member of Cork County Council
- "The next generation of own resources for the EU budget." Rapporteur:
(FR/PES), member of Finistère Departmental Council.
- "Legal migration - Attracting skills and talent to the EU". Rapporteur:
(IT/Renew E.), member of Gerace Municipal Council.
- "Safeguarding food security and reinforcing the resilience of food
(PL/EPP), President of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region.
- "EU Strategy for Sustainable Circular Economy and Textiles." Rapporteur-general:
(IT/PES), president of the Province of Lucca.
"A New Innovation Agenda for Europe." Rapporteur:
(FI/EPP), president of the Helsinki Region.
Review of geographical indications." Rapporteur:
(FR/PES), Deputy mayor of Couëtron au Perche.
: Charlemagne Building – GASP, European Commission, Rue de la Loi 170,
: Wednesday, 29 November – Wednesday, 1 December 2022.
- Background material
: The plenary
opinions and amendments
: On the website
of the CoR.