Next steps for a sustainable European future - European action for sustainability" COM(2016) 739 final - invitation to a Stakeholder consultation by Rapporteur Franco Iacop (IT/PES)
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an opinion on "Next steps for a sustainable European future - European action for sustainability" COM(2016) 739 final".
The rapporteur of the opinion, Franco Iacop (IT/PES)(in the picture), Regional Councillor and President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council, together with his expert, Graziano Lorenzon, would be delighted to meet representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topics of this opinion.
The consultation will take place on:
9 February 2017 between 14.30 and 16.30
At the premises of the European Committee of the Regions
(Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels)
Room JDE 53
The rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting. After a short introduction by the rapporteur, stakeholders will be invited to share their experience and exchange views with the rapporteur.
At this stage it appears very important to understand whether the approach to relations of cooperation proposed by the EU Communication is able to facilitate direct relationships between civil society organizations and local authorities, stimulating capacity, for both parties, to draw socio-economic development initiatives.
To shape the debate, we would suggest the following questions:
- Was this relationship pursued by EU policy in the past, with what results and what were the possible EU approach weaknesses?
- Do you think the setting of Communication confers a major (or minor) role to the local authorities? Does it identifie (or not) new tasks and responsibilities for the local institutions?
- Starting from the concept that the development and quality of life are closely linked to the territory and to the interaction between social and institutional actors, do you feel that the Communication (as it is articulated) is able to make a significant contribution to the construction of new partnerships based on a co-development vision in the agenda 2030?
- Finally, is the decentralized approach sufficiently supported by the Communication and, moreover, is the particular know-how of the local authorities fairly valued?
The meeting will be held in Italian and English with simultaneous interpretation, allowing you to speak in both languages. Please note that the Rapporteur's language is Italian.
You can already register to participate in this debate to shape the rapporteur's views. For practical reasons, you are kindly asked to register online before 1.00 p.m. on 8 February 2017.
Please note that in order to reduce paper waste, the CoR will not provide paper copies of documents for the meeting.