Local leaders from Romania's municipalities, cities and communes have expressed their full support to the #CohesionAlliance which aims to protect EU funds earmarked for the regions.
With the #CohesionAlliance due to be formally launched on 9 October during the European Week of Regions and Cities , the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Karl-Heinz Lambertz, spoke to the CoR's Romanian Delegation about the objectives of this alliance during his visit in Bucharest on 7-8 September.
"The EU's cohesion policy creates jobs, improve infrastructure and strengthen social and territorial cohesion. It is a symbol of European solidarity which is why a Europe without cohesion policy is a Europe we cannot imagine. I am pleased that in every meeting I have had here in Romania I received clear signals that local authorities are ready to support us; I particularly welcome the commitment of our Committee's Romanian members", said the President Lambertz.
"We, as our country's delegation to the CoR, are committed to working hard, being vocal and expressing our views. I would like all our members to take action in order to find a new meaning and new direction for the European Union. This is why over the past two days we have been in many meetings both with the local and central authorities as everyone has a stake in the EU's future and in Romania's involvement in the entire decision-making process," stated Robert Sorin Negoiță (RO/PSE) in his capacity as President of the Association of Romanian Municipalities (ARM) and Chair of the Romanian Delegation to the CoR.
Together with Mayor Negoiță, the CoR President met with the President of the Senate, Calin Popescu Tariceanu; the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea; the Romanian Prime Minister, Mihai Tudose; the Minister-Delegate for European Affairs, Victor Negrescu; the Minister-Delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb and Bucharest General Mayor Gabriela Firea. The CoR President also took part in a citizen's dialogue with the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu.
As part of the Committee of the Regions' EU-wide consultation process called " Reflecting on Europe " which collects citizens' concerns and expectations at the grassroots, President Lambertz and the EU's Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu, participated in a citizens' dialogue with 200 people.