Brussels, 6 June 2013 - AEBR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz met with Commission President Barroso and the Presidents of the CoR and the main regional and local associations in Brussels to discuss about the Commission's 2014 Work Programme:

Family Photo, Source: Committee of the Regions

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, met today with AEBR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz and the Presidents of CoR, CEMR CPMR, AER, EUROCITIES , CALRE, and REGLEG in order to exchange views and concerns about the work programme of the Commission for the year 2014.

This meeting was held in the framework of the "Structured Dialogue" between European Commission, CoR and Regional and Local Associations, which has as aim to strengthen relations between EU and regional and local authorities regularly. 

Some of the main issues raised concerned the economic, social and political challenges faced by the EU, while the role of regions and cities in providing solutions was pointed out. 

AEBR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz took the chance to underline the special situation of frontier workers. He said that frontier workers still have to face many problems, in spite of the improvements that have been made so far, and he also underlined the responsibility of the European and the intergovernmental level to tackle these problems. Mr. Lambertz called on the European Commission to continue paying attention to this issue. The Committee of the Regions has in the meantime published a Press Release, in which the main concerns of all organisations present are summarised:

The draft opinion on the situation of frontier workers (FRONTIER WORKERS: ASSESSMENT OF THE SITUATION AFTER TWENTY YEARS OF THE INTERNAL MARKET: PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES [ECOS-V/041[) , elaborated by AEBR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz in Spring 2013, is available for download in all official EU languages via this link:
This report was adopted by the ECOS Commission of the Committee of the Regions on 23rd April 2013, and will be presented in the CoR Plenary session to be held in the beginning of  July for approval. 

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