For the Committee of the Regions, European integration is linked to giving voice and visibility to the EU’s multiple levels of government. It is of daily evidence for the Committee’s members, presidents of regions, mayors, councilors and members of regional parliaments and assemblies that all levels of governance in the EU are interdependent and interconnected as it is for local and regional administrations which apply and implement EU legislation and programmes. The recently adopted Committee of the Regions’ Charter on Multilevel Governance highlights the role of Europe’s regions and cities in EU policy-making and seeks for a Europe-wide recognition of it [not just on energy but on different policy areas].
As a political manifesto, the Charter invites all public authorities to make multilevel governance a reality in day-to-day policy-making and delivery. This primarily involves working in partnership between the different levels of government (local, regional, national and European) and applying a set of principles that should guide efficient policy-making, such as participation, cooperation, openness, transparency, inclusiveness and policy coherence, all of which are essential conditions to guarantee the success of public policies in the interest of the citizens.
The conference will discuss the state of play with regards to multilevel governance in the EU and focus on two key issues:
• The application of the principle in the field of EU cohesion policy and with regards to the Europe 2020 strategy;
• Multilevel governance and active citizenship.
The event is open to national, regional and local members of government, high-level officials and representatives of the EU institutions, international organisations, European associations and renowned academic experts.
Time: 9:30 – 13:15
Venue: Brussels, Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors -Building, Rue Belliard 101