Seminar of the Committee of the Regions devoted to the Investment Plan for Europe (Juncker Plan)

Publish date: Wednesday, 15 April 2015

On April the 15th, Mr Paul-Emile MOTTARD, President of the European Confederation of Intermediate Local Authorities (CEPLI)has participated to the Seminar organized by the Committee of the Regions on the territorial dimension of the European Commission's Investment Plan for Europe (Juncker Plan).

This day of debates and workshops was an opportunity to address the issue of the involvement of local and regional authorities in the success of this plan.

Mr Mottard have led a workshop on financing tools proposed by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank. During the discussion, the following points of attention were discussed.

If the main principles of the Plan have been reaffirmed, it remains important questions about the implementation modalities (projects mounting arrangements, interest rates for loans granted by the EIB, taking into account public investment in perimeter debt of the States, in particular) and the real involvement of local and regional authorities.

It is important that local and regional politicians are mobilizing to the Juncker Plan is effectively accessible to projects that truly meet local needs.

It is the role of the Committee of the Regions, but also that of CEPLI.

Comparative overview of Local Powers in the European Union

The European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities has conducted a comparative overview of Local Powers in the European Union.

This overview was realized starting from the current context in which, under the pretext of recent effects of the economic and social crisis, several European countries took the decision to undermine the role and responsibilities of local authorities at county level, thus inevitably leading to the weakening, to a certain extent, the local democracy.

A series of territorial administrative reforms took place in Europe, threatening the existence of this level of governance and ignoring at least three essential elements characterizing it, namely: a) their legitimacy,  as a result of a democratic process; b) their role of guarantor of subsidiarity and multilevel governance principles; c) their proximity to citizens, while having, at the same time, the necessary authority and powers for the launching and implementation of strategies designed just to fight against the results of the economic and social crisis.

The pretext under which these reforms are taking place is the rethinking of public spending and reallocation of local finances, although no specialized study conducted recently demonstrates, with plausible arguments, the real benefits of these decisions for the local communities concerned.

CEPLI considers that this document might be a useful tool for local elected officials, both in terms of monitoring the territorial reforms at European level and developing international institutional relations between local authorities.

Comparative overview of Local Powers in the European Union

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Tableau comparatif des pouvoirs locaux dans l’Union Européenne

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Debate on multilevel governance and cross-border policy within the European Union

Publish date: Thursday, 19 June 2014

The next meetings of the CEPLI Board and General Assembly will be hosted by the Association of Walloon Provinces and will take place on 8th of July, in Liège, Belgium.

On this occasion, a debate on multilevel governance and cross-border policy within the European Union will be organized.

This debate will also give the chance to participants to make the point on the latest developments in territorial reforms in Europe and the challenges faced by the intermediate local authorities in this context.

All levels of territorial organization have a particular importance in citizens’ lives, being key actors of policies they develop, but also in the wealth of States, due to their assistance to the public investment, jobs creation and territorial cohesion in Europe.

Examples of good practices on cross border cooperation between intermediate local authorities will highlight its central place in EU Cohesion Policy, especially in the light of the new EU programming period 2014-2020 that gives new opportunities to this kind of projects.

For more details and registration of participation, please contact Mr. Bruno De Viron, director – Association of Walloon Provinces: bruno.deviron@apw.be, Tel. +32 81 745674.

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