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BUILDING A EUROPEAN CULTURE OF MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE

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Opinion Number: CDR 273/2011
Rapporteur: VAN DEN BRANDE Luc
Commission: CIVEX
Status: Adopted
Date: 16/02/2012
 
to stress that a renewed Community method is needed which involves a more inclusive process and the establishment of multilevel governance;

to express its intention to draw up its European Union Charter for Multilevel Governance, which should lead to greater participation by local and regional authorities in the exercise of European democracy. Its drafting process will be participatory and inclusive, promoting a sense of ownership of the Charter on the part of local and regional elected representatives;

to call for further enhancement of the political consensus expressed regarding its view of European governance and the support of the European institutions for its initiative;
For the first time, the Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (COM (2012) 496 final - 2011/0276 (COD)) includes direct references to the notion of multi-level governance both in the preamble and in the operative part of the legislative proposal. The proposal places emphasis on Partnership Contracts involving local and regional authorities and provides for an extensive role for local and regional authorities throughout the preparation of Partnership Contracts and progress reports and in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes.

Building on the CoR's MLG opinions and dissemination efforts pursued over the last years, landmark milestones have been recorded in 2014:

The Charter for Multilevel Governance in Europe has been drawn up in partnership with the Congress of Local and Regional authorities of the Council of Europe and has been adopted by the CoR at its plenary session on 3 April 2014;

The Report on Multilevel Governance and Partnership has been drawn up by Luc Van den Brande and tabled on 6 October 2014 to European Commissioner for regional policy, Johannes Hahn. The report provides a first analysis of the respect of the MLG and partnership principles in the Partnership Agreements signed between the European Commission and the 28 Member States.
THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- believes, that a renewed Community method is needed which involves a more inclusive process and the establishment of multilevel governance;



- welcomes the political consensus expressed regarding its view of European governance and the support of the European institutions for its initiative;



- has taken the initiative of creating a Multilevel Governance Scoreboard at European Union level which will help to measure annually to what extent the main principles and mechanisms of this type of governance have been taken into account in the European Union's political cycle, focusing on the regional dimension of the policies and strategies analysed;



- believes that with a view to consolidating CoR monitoring activities, special attention could be paid to multilevel governance at the next conference on subsidiarity;



- over the coming months will draw up its European Union Charter for Multilevel Governance, which should lead to greater participation by local and regional authorities in the exercise of European democracy. Its drafting process will be participatory and inclusive, promoting a sense of ownership of the Charter on the part of local and regional elected representatives.

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Rapporteur's activities

Conference "Governing a multilevel Europe" in the CoR premises in Brussels

 
01 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

On the occasion of Europe Day, The CoR opens the Charter for Multilevel Governance in Europe for signatures of local and regional authorities

 
08 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Luc Van den Brande presents the Charter for Multilevel Governance

 
02 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

 
 
 
02 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

The rapporteur submits the draft Charter for Multilevel Governance in Europe to CIVEX members for discussion

 
09 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activities

Public Lecture of the rapporteur at the University of Paduaon the perspective of the Charter on MLG

 
15 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Discussion with the European Commission on the findings of MLG scoreboard for 2012 at the Multilevel Governance Monitoring Expert Group Meeting

 
15 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion CDR 273/2011 is adopted at the CoR plenary session

 
15 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

The opinion is adopted at the CIVEX commission meeting

 
30 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Hearing with representatives of Brussels-based think tanks and European Associations of Local and Regional Authorities

 
14 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participates in the Round Table on Multi-level Governance organised by the European Training Foundation in Turin

 
03 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participates in the Round Table on Multi-level Governance organised by the CoE Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Strassbourg

 
18 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

CoR Bureau appoints Mr Luc Van den Brande (BE/EPP) as rapporteur for the opinion "Building a European Culture of Multilevel Governance"

 
29 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

CoR adopts a White Paper on Multi-level Governance (MLG), outlining its vision of an inclusive European decision making process, involving local and regional authorities in the formulation and implementation of European policies.

 
15 Jun
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