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COTER: Outermost regions play a key role in sustainable growth and social integrationhttp://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/News/Pages/COTER-Outermost-regions-sustainable-growth-social-integration.aspx2018-04-12T22:00:00ZCOTER: Outermost regions play a key role in sustainable growth and social integration<p style="text-align:justify;">​The COTER commission of the Euroepan Committee of the Regions met on 13 April in Tenerife (Canary Islands) to evaluate the development strategy of the outermost regions (ORs) of the European Union in the post-2020 perspective.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The ORs face many challenges, such as remoteness, climate change, natural hazards, etc. and the aim of this seminar was to lay the foundations for a paradigm shift: to get rid of economic dependence, develop sustainable activities and to enhance the circular economy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Several island projects in the field of renewable energies, blue economy and the valorization of biodiversity have shown that it is possible to transform constraints into assets within these territories and have led the ORs to demonstrate to Europe that they can contribute to sustainable growth and social integration. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nanette Maupertuis, CoR rapporteur on entrepreneurship and territorial cohesion on islands, moderated the session on blue growth and innovation (marine resources, fisheries, renewable energies) during which the participants stressed the need to develop cooperation by major sea basins and advocated for the involvement of ORs in H2020 projects.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The EA delegation was represented by Ms Nanette Maupertuis (EA COTER coordinator), Mr Stanisław Szwabski and Mr Kieran McCarthy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p>
ENVE adopts Cllr Andrew Cooper's opinion on climate governance after 2020http://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/News/Pages/ENVE-Andrew-Cooper-opinion-climate-governance-2020.aspx2018-04-11T22:00:00ZENVE adopts Cllr Andrew Cooper's opinion on climate governance after 2020<p style="text-align:justify;">​On 12 April, the ENVE commission adopted the opinion of Cllr Andrew Cooper on climate governance post 2020, which will represent the CoR's contribution to the UNFCCC COP 24 in Katowice, Poland, next December.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The opinion highlights the need for systematic involvement of sub-national levels of governance and calls for a participatory method during the process of defining and revising the Nationally Determined contributions (NDCs). ENVE voted for NDCs to include an aggregation of regionally and locally determined contributions in order to recognise the role of subnational authorities in the achievement of Paris Agreement goals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Those carbon savings identified by national governments fall well short of what we need to achieve the Paris Climate Goals and we have to see what role we, as local governments, can play", said Cllr. Cooper in his speech, adding that "we are not seeking new system of bureaucracy but to build and strengthen reporting methodologies that already exist."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The opinion also calls for a continuation of the Talanoa Dialogue, the newly established bottom-up process that encourages input from different range of non-state actors. The final vote of Cllr Cooper's opinion is scheduled for CoR's 4-5 July Plenary Session.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the same meeting, ENVE adopted the opinions on the revision of the Directive on the quality of water for human consumption and on rules for internal market in natural gas.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p>
CIVEX: Mairi Gougeon calls for better communication on the importance of Europe in citizens' liveshttp://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/News/Pages/CIVEX-Gougeon-better-communication-importance-Europe-citizens-lives.aspx2018-04-10T22:00:00ZCIVEX: Mairi Gougeon calls for better communication on the importance of Europe in citizens' lives<p style="text-align:justify;">​During the 18th meeting of the CIVEX commission, which took place in Brussels on 11 April 2018, members adopted opinions on the European Commission's Action Plan to support the protection of public spaces and on the contribution of local and regional authorities to Eastern Partnership deliverables for 2020.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition, as part of the "Reflecting on Europe" process, CIVEX members held a debate with Ms Valérie Gomez-Bassac, member of the French National Assembly's Commission for European Affairs and rapporteur for the Information Report on the democratic conventions for re-building Europe, recently launched by French President Emmanuel Macron. During the debate, member of the Scottish Parliament Ms Mairi Angela Gougeon argued that BREXIT has made people in the UK reflect on and evaluate the importance of Europe in their lives and regretted that it had not been communicated more and better in the past.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p>
Maupertuis: the future EU budget should continue promoting solidarity and balanced development across all regionshttp://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/News/Pages/Maupertuis-future-EU-budget-should-continue-promoting-solidarity-and-balanced-development-across-all-regions.aspx2018-03-22T23:00:00ZMaupertuis: the future EU budget should continue promoting solidarity and balanced development across all regions<p style="text-align:justify;">​On 23 March CoR members debated in the Plenary Session on the future budget of the EU post 2020 in the presence of Jan Olbricht MEP.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Marie Antoinette Maupertuis, EA Group political coordinator in the COTER commission and member of the executive Council of Corsica regional authority said that "while we understand new means will have to be found to finance new priorities, we cannot expect the EU to improve its perception towards the citizens and at the same time undermining the policies that are mostly visible to them such as cohesion policy and common agricultural policy". </p><p style="text-align:justify;">We call for the future cohesion policy to cover all regions and to place greater attention on peripheral areas such as islands that in order to reap benefit of the single market, need better accessibility, connectivity, transport and digital infrastructure. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">We would like the future EU budget to continue promoting solidarity and balanced development across all EU regions" she concluded.<br></p>
Wróbel to Hahn: local authorities must become active partners in developing Eastern Partnership's strategyhttp://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/News/Pages/Wróbel-to-Hahn-local-authorities-must-become-active-partners-in-developing-Eastern-Partnership's-strategy.aspx2018-03-21T23:00:00ZWróbel to Hahn: local authorities must become active partners in developing Eastern Partnership's strategy<p style="text-align:justify;">​During a debate with the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, held on 22 March, EA group's CIVEX coordinator and mayor of Opole Lubelskie, Mr Dariusz Wróbel stressed that in order for the Eastern Partnership's policy to bring the greatest benefits to citizens, local authorities must become active partners in developing the Partnership's strategy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr Wróbel reminded that Poland, along with Sweden was the main initiator of the Eastern Partnership and has provided strong and continuous support for the initiative, particularly in the field of development cooperation. However, he also added that it is necessary to increase the interest of other EU member states for the eastern neighbourhood.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Finally, Mr Wróbel repeated that the Eastern Partnership requires solidarity and cooperation in the broadest sense and that it is necessary to exchange experiences especially on issues related to decentralization, democratization and increasing direct citizen participation in achieving the Partnership's objectives.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p>