Brussels, 16 June 2011: Local and regional leaders urge Barroso to draw up ambitious EU budget and to consider their role in Europe 2020 strategy :

European local and regional leaders called on European Commission President Barroso to put forward “ambitious EU budget proposals” in order to stimulate the economy and asked that municipalities and regions be given an active role in the design and implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy.

 
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of AEBR and Minister-President of the German-Speaking Community of Belgium (Source: CoR)

This call was made two weeks prior to the unveiling of the post-2013 EU financial framework during a meeting held today in Brussels between the presidents of associations representing local and regional authorities, the President of the Committee of the Regions, Mercedes Bresso, and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.

 

The local and regional leaders stressed that the new EU budget must be “substantial” if it is to respond to the challenges ahead and to support economic recovery. A fair share of the upcoming budget should be dedicated to cohesion policy and could, if needed, be based on own resources.

 

Local and regional leaders also underlined that the Europe 2020 strategy must create a sense of “ownership” among all levels of government, as a large number of the strategy priorities concern local and regional authorities.

 

Finally, local and regional leaders stressed that political developments at the EU's external borders are a historical challenge that requires new and effective solutions.

Group Photo (Source: CoR)

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