Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the Committee of the Regions, met
yesterday with a delegation of the National Conference of State
Legislatures of the United States (NCSL), led by Speaker Scott Saiki, from
Hawaii, and discussed opportunities for cooperation on key common
Cordeiro stressed the common role of both institutions as representatives
of the powers of sub-national entities, in the EU and in the US, and
stressed the timeliness of the encounter in face of shared common
challenges that go beyond borders.
"I believe that we share a common interest in working in areas that,
despite affecting all our communities, can only be truly tackled at
global level. By addressing them together, there is no doubt that we,
as transatlantic partners with a shared history and common values, can
play a key role"
Cordeiro outlined areas where he sees potential for cooperation amongst
both institutions and that constitute challenges across the Atlantic.
"Strengthening democracy, tackling the energy transition and fighting
the climate crisis are key areas where both our organisation could join
forces and exchange best practices. I hope we can continue building
upon and exchanging at a more technical level between both
organisations to establish a work plan for our future cooperation."
Present in the meeting were also Speaker Pro Tempore Brian Patrick Kennedy,
Rhode Island, Senate President Pro Tempore Wayne Harper, Utah, Director
Anne Sappenfield, Wisconsin, Counsel JJ Gentry, South Carolina, Director
Martha Wigton, Georgia, Deputy Secretary of the Senate Sabrina Lewellen,
Arkansas, Tim Storey, CEO of NCSL and Stacy Householder, Vice President of
The NCSL is a US bi-partisan organisation, founded in 1975, that represents
the legislatures in the states, territories and commonwealths of the US.
Its mission is to advance the effectiveness, independence and integrity of
legislatures and to foster interstate cooperation and facilitate the
exchange of information among legislatures.