Réunion de travail avec le 1er Vice-Président du Comité des régions

Publish date: Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Ce mardi 26 mai, le Président de la CEPLI, Monsieur Paul-Emile Mottard, a rencontré le 1er Vice-Président du Comité des Régions, Monsieur Karl-Heinz Lambertz, pour une réunion de travail consacrée aux collaborations à renforcer entre la CEPLI et le CdR.

A cette occasion, Monsieur Paul-Emile Mottard s'est réjouit que la CEPLI soit invitée à participer aux évènements du Comité des Régions, comme le séminaire organisé en avril concernant le Plan d'investissement pour l'Europe. Ce séminaire était de grande qualité et les échanges qui y ont eu lieu ont montré que l'initiative de la Commission suscite beaucoup d'intérêt et de questions.

Monsieur Karl-Heinz Lambertz a fait part de son souhait que la CEPLI puisse être davantage impliquée dans les travaux du Comité des Régions, en synergie avec les autres associations partenaires du CdR. Il est nécessaire de mieux organiser le dialogue et les relations entre le Comité des Régions et ces associations pour renforcer le rôle des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux dans le processus de décision au niveau européen.

Il a également souligné que l'Europe a besoin d'un nouvel élan, qui suppose d'installer un vrai dialogue entre l'Union européenne et ses collectivités locales et régionales pour rapprocher l'Europe du citoyen.

A cette fin, le Comité des Régions devra revoir largement sa politique de communication pour être beaucoup plus présent sur le terrain.

Messieurs Mottard et Lambertz ont également convenu l'importance des services publics et leur importance dans la concrétisation des grands enjeux de sociétés.

Le dialogue entre la CEPLI et le Comité des Régions devra se poursuivre dans les mois à venir, notamment par l'organisation d'une rencontre entre leurs présidents.

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On Tuesday 26 May, President of the CEPLI, Paul-Emile Mottard, met the 1st Vice-President of the CoR, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, for a working meeting on strengthening collaborations between CEPLI and the Committee of the Regions.

On this occasion, Mr. Paul-Emile Mottard was glad that CEPLI has been invited to participate in the events of the CoR, such as the seminar held in April on the Investment Plan for Europe. This seminar was of high quality and exchanges that took place showed that the initiative of the Commission arouse a lot of interest and questions.

Mr Karl-Heinz Lambertz has expressed his wish that CEPLI can be more involved in the work of the Committee of the Regions, in synergy with the other CoR partner associations. It is necessary to better organize the dialogue and relations between the Regions and the associations Committee to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities in the decision making process at European level.

He also stressed that Europe needs a new impetus, which involves installing a real dialogue between the EU and its regional and local authorities to bring the citizens of Europe.

To this end, the CoR will widely review its communication policy to be more present on the ground.

Mr. Mottard and Lambertz also agreed the importance of public services and their importance in achieving the major political challenges.

The dialogue between CEPLI and the CoR will continue in the coming months, including the organization of a meeting between their presidents

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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