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    Committee of the Regions debates future of EU

    Schausberger: Increase the integration of citizens at regional and local level

    The future of the EU was at the center of debate at the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External affairs (CIVEX) of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), which former governor of Land Salzburg and CoR member Franz Schausberger attended on 6 April in Brussels.

    CoR President Markku Markkula and CoR Vice-President Karl-Heinz Lambertz were appointed to prepare an opinion regarding “Reflecting on Europe” for the Committee of the Regions. In a first discussion, Vice-President Lambertz pointed out the significance of this discourse at local and regional level. Furthermore, talks with those not convinced by the EU are planned.

    During the debate Franz Schausberger warned: “Populists and nationalists are always centralists and centralisms leads to a loss of trust. Regrettably, the subsidiarity principle has been weakened in recent years, even though this is a cornerstone of the Lisbon Treaty and an instrument against centralism. Studies show that, despite the critical situation of our society, the political trust in the representatives of the municipalities and regions is by far the highest. Subsequently, the citizens at regional and local level need to be consulted about the future of the EU. The five scenarios of the EU by Commission President Junker in the White paper on the future of the EU form the basis for this debate. This is the only way to sustain a secure a future based on the principals of decentralization and subsidiarity. It is therefore up to the citizens to deal with the scenarios and to set a direction for Europe.”
    The Commission CIVEX is one of the six expert committees in the Committee of the Regions, where opinions of regions, cities and municipalities on current EU legislation and on the future of the EU are prepared and voted on in the CoR-plenary sessions.

    source: Salzburger Landeskorrespondenz, 07.04.2017 

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