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​Regional and local authorities of the EU Member States play an increasing role in promoting and shaping democratic processes in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries. As strategic partners in good governance and achieving beneficial development, they should be allowed to be even more actively involved in the EU's external policy, argues Olgierd Geblewicz, EPP rapporteur for ... [more]
​Commenting on the results of the Scottish referendum, President of the EPP Group in the Committee of the Regions Michael Schneider expressed his hope that the political voice of the European regions will now be better reflected in the EU's decision making: "With the high turnout of 85%, this referendum is a clear sign calling for decisions to be taken as close to the citizens as po ... [more]
​"An EU industrial strategy cannot be put into practice as a stand-alone policy" Markku Markkula, Member of Espoo City Council, warned during the presentation of his opinion on the Industrial Policy Package in the Committee of the Regions' Commission for Economic and Social Affairs today. "It has numerous interactions with many other policy areas and should be supported by ... [more]
​“Generally speaking, we support Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker's proposals on the structure and organisation of the new European Commission College, which was unveiled earlier this week" said Michael Schneider, President of the EPP Group in the Committee of the Regions. "We look forward to getting to know the candidates better during the upcoming hearings and a ... [more]
​Following the election of Donald Tusk as the next President of the European Council & Euro Summits, President Michael Schneider congratulated the Polish Prime Minister his new post, on behalf of the EPP Group in the Committee of the Regions, expressing his wishes for strengthened cooperation between the CoR and the Council: We are delighted by the appointment of Polish Prime Minis ... [more]

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