‘It’s time for the EU to be closer to its people’ – greater role for local and regional government can help restore trust in the EU

The brutal invasion of Ukraine has been a reminder that, despite their differences, the EU’s 27 member states are closely bound by a commitment to peace, common fundamental values, democracy and solidarity. Yet public trust in the EU remains low: the recent French Presidential election results are a moment of relief not celebration, with 41% voting for the far right. Today, on Europe Day, after a year of discussions held through the Conference on the Future of Europe, it is time to have an honest reflection on how to reform the way the EU works so it is more effective, more responsive and closer to the people it serves.

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