CPMR urges Junker to work with Regions14/09/17Environment
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) has urged European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to work alongside regions in order to build a better Europe.
The CPMR says that Juncker’s State of the Union speech has neglected to acknowledge the need for a refocused Europe, which places social, economic and territorial cohesion at the core of the European project.
According to the CPMR, regions are the allies of EU Institutions in pushing a transformative agenda. With such, they build legitimacy between the European project and its citizens, and are essential to delivering change.
Vasco Cordeiro, the CPMR president, said: “I agree with Mr Juncker that the wind is back in Europe’s sails. I know that much of it has been ‘swept along’ by European regions and their support for their citizens and economy.
“Europe’s maritime regions, represented through the CPMR, are essential to this vision of moving Europe forward.”
Migration, climate change, unemployment, social and economic disparities, and innovation are engaged with at a local and regional level, and are therefore a responsibility of the CPMR’s regional governments and authorities.
CPMR secretary general Eleni Marianou added: “The CPMR is already organising regional conventions and debates on the future of Europe and it looks forward to being centrally involved [in] the Democratic Forums planned for 2018, and in promoting its vision of a fairer, more inclusive and democratic European Union, with regions at its core.”