Conference on the Future of Europe: national, regional and local parliaments competencies must be taken into account to improve the way the EU works

In a resolution adopted at its plenary session on Thursday, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) recalled that the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality are the best way to ensure effective and efficient decision making reflects the real needs of citizens.

Apostolos Tzitzikostas, President of the European Committee of the Regions said: “Europe must act as close as possible to the citizens, led by the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. This does not mean less Europe: it means more Europe with better governance so every decision directly improves citizens’ lives. Local and regional governments must be given a stronger role in EU decision-making in the areas that fall under their competences – such as education, health, environment and cohesion policy – so it responds to citizens’ needs. To win back people’s trust we must also promote our European values through education and through a permanent two-way dialogue with them

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