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Repaský opinion adopted by the CoR calls for transparency and sustainability of the EU's approach to food safetyhttp://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/News/Pages/Repaský-opinion-adopted-by-the-CoR-calls-for-transparency-and-sustainability-of-the-EU's-approach-to-food-safety.aspx2018-10-09T22:00:00ZRepaský opinion adopted by the CoR calls for transparency and sustainability of the EU's approach to food safety<p style="text-align:justify;">​With an opinion drawn up by Miloslav Repaský (SK/EA), member of the regional parliament of the Prešov Self-Governing Region, the European Committee of the Regions supports the EC's initiative that aims at increasing the transparency and sustainability of EU risk assessment in the food chain in order to clarify the transparency rules.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The rapporteur expressed disappointment that “despite the uniform principles for evaluation and authorisation of regulated products, inconsistencies are apparent across Member States in relation to the regulation of certain substances, which may arise from different approaches to the concepts of hazard and risk and social acceptance of the level of risk involved".  The new food related EU risk communication strategy must be inclusive and must ensure that all levels of government, from the level of central government to that of local and regional authorities, as well as other relevant players, are duly involved to guarantee a coherent risk communication strategy addressing risks associated with the food chain.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p>
Gillian Ford's opinion on the European Education Area adopted by unanimity at the 131st CoR Plenary sessionhttp://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/News/Pages/Gillian-Ford's-opinion-on-the-European-Education-Area-adopted-by-unanimity-at-the-131st-CoR-Plenary-session.aspx2018-10-09T22:00:00ZGillian Ford's opinion on the European Education Area adopted by unanimity at the 131st CoR Plenary session<p style="text-align:justify;">​On 10 October, members of the European Committee of the Regions adopted unanimously the opinion "Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies" written by EA member Ms Gillian Ford, Councillor in the London Borough of Havering. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The opinion outlines the position of local and regional authorities on several proposals put forward by the European Commission which aim to contribute to the construction of the European Education Area by 2025. The topics addressed in the proposals and the opinion include automatic mutual recognition of diplomas and learning periods abroad, high quality early childhood education and care systems, and the approach to the teaching and learning of languages.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cllr Ford had been appointed rapporteur-general on the package at the SEDEC commission meeting in June.</p>
State of the Union: EA Vice-president Szwabski calls for a visionary Europe with regions and cities at its hearthttp://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/News/Pages/State-of-the-Union-EA-Vice-president-Szwabski-calls-for-a-visionary-Europe-with-regions-and-cities-at-its-heart.aspx2018-10-08T22:00:00ZState of the Union: EA Vice-president Szwabski calls for a visionary Europe with regions and cities at its heart<p style="text-align:justify;">​On 09 October the CoR President Karl Heinz Lambertz  delivered the State of the Union from a regions and cities perspective in presence of A.Tajani, President of the European Parliament.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The EA 1st Vice-President Stanislaw Szwabski in his response called for a visionary Europe with regions and cities at its heart.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Today in the EU there is a clear tendency of centralisation and the current institutional set up does not enable LRAs to actively participate in the policy and decision making process.  This in my view needs to change", he said</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Gdynia city councillor also underlined the need for the EU to take action against those member States who act against their citizens and local authorities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It is often the national governments who, fuelling the rhetoric against the EU, put at risk the resources for subnational governments. The EU has to take a firm line against those Member States who act against our values. We must not penalise local authorities or withdraw vital source of funding to them because of the mistakes or actions of the central governments. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p>
European Week of Regions and Cities: EA Group discuss role of LRAs in fostering energy transition policieshttp://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/News/Pages/European-Week-of-Regions-and-Cities-EA-Group-discuss-role-of-LRAs-in-fostering-energy-transition-policies.aspx2018-10-08T22:00:00ZEuropean Week of Regions and Cities: EA Group discuss role of LRAs in fostering energy transition policies<p style="text-align:justify;">​On 9 October, in the context of the European Week of Regions and cities, the EA group organised a workshop on "Local and regional authorities fostering energy transition policies". Speakers included Mr Andy Kantoudaki from the European Commission's DG Energy, Mr Carlos Chocarro from the government of Navarre, Member of the Flemish parliament Mr Andres Gryffroy and the COR Rapporteur on climate change governance COP 24 Mr Andrew Cooper.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">With the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement, the EU has set higher renewable energy and energy efficiency targets to accelerate the transition to a cleaner energy system and achieve climate goals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Regions and cities' role is central to making this transition happen. They are at the forefront in implementing ambitious policies but they also need to be empowered with adequate means and enabled to participate in the definition of national energy and climate plans.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p>
EA President Vanlouwe: Regions must have a greater say in EU decisions http://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/News/Pages/EA-President-Vanlouwe-Regions-must-have-a-greater-say-in-EU-decisions-.aspx2018-10-07T22:00:00ZEA President Vanlouwe: Regions must have a greater say in EU decisions <p style="text-align:justify;">​On 8 October at the opening session of the European Week of Regions and cities, the EA President and member of the Flemish parliament, Karl Vanlouwe called on the EU to fully comply with the subsidiarity principle and take decisions at the appropriate level of governance. Addressing Commission President Juncker he said that "the subsidiarity principle, the principle that should ensure that legislation is applied at right level, closest to the citizens, seems to be applied only as far as the Member State level. We need mechanisms enabling regions, especially those with legislative powers, to have a greater say in EU decisions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his speech he also referred to the current situation in Catalonia and underlined that in some case, central governments even suppress powers, autonomy and freedom of subnational governments and their elected representatives. "It is a shame that in Europe there are again political prisoners and democratically elected leaders in exile who cannot return home simply because they have acted in accordance with their people wish and aspirations".</p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p>