The EU wants to focus its communication goals on two clear priorities with a view to deepening trust during the economic recovery. Representing the Committee of the Regions at the meeting of the communication officials, Michel Lebrun supported the move to target the Europe 2020 Strategy for growth and jobs on one hand and the European Year of Citizenship in 2013 on the other. By coordinating their communication efforts, the European institutions aim to make their various policies more understandable.
"We share the view that the Union should develop in a smart, sustainable and inclusive way and that we must build a Europe of citizens" Michel Lebrun said. "But we must also support local and regional authorities in their efforts to resume growth, confidence and job creation." He continued to underline that the success of Europe 2020 depends on the commitment and ownership of regions and cities in the flagship initiatives defined by Union. "We call for the establishment of territorial pacts concluded within the Member States and within the national reform plans."
Alongside Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, the elected Walloon Parliamentarian detailed the CoR communication plan that includes conferences on these flagship initiatives of Europe 2020 on innovation, youth employment, the fight against poverty and the green economy.
In partnership with the European Parliament and the Commission, the CoR will also organize a series of European cities debates about the rights of European citizens.