This is an initiative of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) providing a platform for regions, cities and their citizens' engagement in the debate on the future of Europe.
Over 40 000 citizens in more than 180 local debates organised across Europe already shared their views, concerns and ideas.
The CoR is committed to ensuring that the voice of regional and local authorities and their citizens is heard within the EU, in an effort to make the European project more transparent and democratic, and develop new forms of participative democracy.
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In 2016 the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, asked the European Committee of the Regions - as the voice of cities and regions - to submit its recommendations on the future of Europe. Subsequently, the CoR launched its "Reflecting on Europe" campaign whereby members held local events with citizens in their regions and cities to hear their views.
Complemented by an EU-wide online survey and consultation of local and regional authorities, the feedback formed the basis of an opinion led by the CoR's President, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, and its First Vice-President, Markku Markkula, which was adopted during its plenary on 9 October 2019 shortly after the President, Mr Lambertz, gave his second "State of the Union: view of regions and cities" speech. The results are also presented in a final report "Reflecting on Europe. How Europe is perceived by people in regions and cities" as the CoR contribution to the December 2018 European Council.
The opinion and speech form the basis of the CoR's efforts to contribute to the debate on the future of Europe ahead of the 8th Summit of Regions and Cities in Bucharest on 14-15 March, the meeting of the EU leaders in Sibiu on 9 May and the European elections on 23-26 May 2019.