CEMR: Policy Committee’s Insights
This was CEMR Policy Committee meeting in Mamaia:
“We call on the EU to significantly strengthen local and regiona govenrments’ role in shaping future EU policies.” This is the gist of what CEMR Policy Committee members voiced in a debate on the European elections’ results. The debate was organised in Mamaia, on 11 and 12 June 2019, as part of CEMR’s Policy Committee meeting.
CEMR members also expressed their readiness to be a strategic partner of the European Parliament, as stated in the Parliament’s resolution from July 2018, in particular on issues that have an impact on our territories. They voiced their eagerness to a fruitful cooperation for the next five years for the benefit of Europe’s citizens.
The first day of the meeting was also devoted to an exchange between participants on the 30 year anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Speakers included the President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, the mayor of Utrecht, Jan Van Zanen, CEMR Vice-President, mayor of Cumpăna, Mariana Gâju, as well as Dharmendra Kanani, representing Friends of Europe.
On the next day, discussions focused on CEMR’s new study “Local and Regional Government associations“, available in English and French, and CEMR’s upcoming congress in Innsbruck, from 6 to 8 May 2020.
Finally, CEMR Policy Committtee members unanimously adopted two position papers, one on the European Commission’s Communication on subsidiarity and proportionality, the other on the revision of the water framework directive.