CoR Opinion on “Reinforcing Economic Policy Coordination” :

AEBR Executive Committee Member, Mr Konstantinos Tatsis, has been appointed by the Committee of the Regions as Rapporteur for the opinion on "Reinforcing Economic Policy Coordination".

The opinion is a response to the European Commission communications COM(2010) 250 and COM(2010) 367 which aim at finding a remedy to the weaknesses in the functioning of the existing framework for the economic policy co-ordination at the European level. The European Commission argues that since its introduction in 1999 the implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact has been seriously hampered by the lack of consequent application and that to tackle the shortcomings in the co-ordination of economic policy, a new approach and a new framework for better, more efficient and productive co-ordination of economic policies is needed. The approach is based on stipulations primarily concerning the members of EUROZONE, however, the economic rules are relevant for all the economies of the European Union.
As part of the preparations for the CoR opinion on this topic the rapporteur, Mr Konstantinos Tatsis, member of the CoR ECOS Commission, and his expert, Ms Anastasia Panopoulou will hold a meeting with representatives of the associations of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders for a consultation and exchange of views on his opinion.

The consultation will take place at:
The Committee of the Regions
Room JDE 70
Tuesday 27 July, 10h30 – 12h30.
With simultaneous interpretation being provided, you will be able to speak in English and Greek while being able to listen into English and Greek.
The consultation will focus on the fact that in order to achieve its objectives, the coordination of economic policy has to proportionally involve the regional and local authorities, particularly with regard to the competencies in the area of budget and consequently all the policy areas for which the budgetary implications are crucial; such as for example education, public procurement and SME support policies.
Furthermore, the role of local and regional authorities in the policies within the EU2020 strategy and within the context of the programming of the European Semester will be explored.

The rapporteur and President of the Prefectural Authority of Drama-Kavala-Xanthi as well as of Border Region Delta-Rhodopi, Mr Konstantinos Tatsis, would be very glad to receive your comments. If you have a position paper related to the topic, please send us a copy before the meeting.

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