Press release29.06.2018 | Cohesion policy reform;Migration and asylum;Climate change;
EU local and regional leaders will gather in Brussels on 4-5 July to debate the issues that matter most to regions and cities. On the first day of its plenary, members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) will be joined by leaders of national associations of local and regional authorities x to propose how to create a sustainable, inclusive and innovative Europe. The next day, and not long after the EU raised its energy and climate targets for 2030, Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU's Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Poland's Special Envoy for Climate Change and the city leaders from Bonn (host of the COP23 climate talks) and Katowice (the COP24 host) will lead discussions on what the EU must to deliver commitments made in the Paris climate accord. The winners of the European Entrepreneurial Region Award 2019 will also be announced, celebrating those regions with the most successful entrepreneurial strategies in Europe. The CoR's members will also focus attention on two of the most pressing local and regional issues – EU migration and regional policy – and discuss Austria's plans for its forthcoming six-month EU Presidency.