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Third Political Conference of CEPLI | 9 - 10 November, Berlin | Press Release

The 3rd Political Conference of CEPLI took place in Berlin, from 9th to 10th of November 2010, under the theme “One year Treaty of Lisbon: opportunities and challenges for Local Intermediate Authorities and their citizens”.

Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010

Two years after its creation in Avignon, under the French Presidency of the EU, CEPLI reached a new further step by renewing its political bodies.

Giuseppe Castiglione, president of the Union of Italian Provinces, president of the Province of Catania (Italy) and member of the Committee of Regions' Bureau is elected President of the European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities (CEPLI).

The new Bureau is composed by:

  • Premier Vice-President: Paul-Emile Mottard, President of the Association of Walloon Provinces and Provincial Deputy of Liège (Belgium);
  • Secretary General: Claudy Lebreton, President of the Assembly of French Counties, President of the General Council of Cotes d'Armor (France);
  • Treasurer: Helmut Jahn, Member of the Board of the German County Association, President of Landkreistag Baden Wurtemberg and Member of the CoR.

The President Castiglione presented the main priorities of his political mandate:

  • to work for a large recognition of CEPLI;
  • to strengthen the dialogue with European institutions, relying on his ties with the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament;
  • to deepen the cooperation with the European Commission and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

"Europe 2020 Strategy, the future of the Cohesion Policy and sustainable energy policy are the first challenges that local intermediaries authorities will take up....”. These introductory remarks have allowed to the new President of CEPLI to open the debate.

The discussions to wich the Committee of Regions, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the European Commission were participating focused their attention on the publication, the same day, by the Commissioner Hahn, of the 5th Report on economic, social and territorial cohesion.

The presidents of national associations representing local and intermediate authorities, members of CEPLI noted, among other things, the very urban dimension of this Report.

They expressed their willingness to engage in the dialogue with the European Commission to contribute to the construction of a Cohesion Policy ensuring a fair and balanced development of European territories to the benefit of all citizens.

Third Political Conference - organized in Berlin (Germany), on 9 - 10 November 2010

Publish date: Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The Third Political Conference of CEPLI was held in the city of Berlin and focused on the most significant opportunities and challenges for local intermediate authorities and their citizens - approached and debated from the perspective of the Treaty of Lisbon.

Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010

The European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities (CEPLI) appreciates the new essential innovations of the Treaty of Lisbon. The role of local and regional authorities, and therefore the role of Local Intermediate Authorities (LIAs), is finally recognized on primary law level. The Treaty acknowledges, for the very first time in the history of the European Union, the importance and significance the local level has in the field of policy creation and administration for its citizens.

From now on, it is necessary to put in place and develop the content of this innovation, which implies the upholding of the fundamental principles of local self-government, fiscal autonomy, subsidiarity, multi-level governance and cultural diversity in the political everyday business and in all the EU strategies and policies.

As directly involved actors for the implementation of European law, the Local Intermediate Authorities can, also with respect to their key position between national government and citizens, have an important contribution to this process.

We appreciate the legitimation of the principle of local self-government in the Treaty of Lisbon also with regard to the ongoing territorial reforms in many EU Member States. Given the extensive territorial reforms taking place, the enforcement of the right to self-administration and of the principle of subsidiarity is essential for LIAs.

CEPLI would therefore like to express its attachment to the principles of subsidiarity and free local administration which seems to be questioned through these reforms. CEPLI reminds that those principles were already enshrined into the European Chart of Local Self-Government of 1985 which has been ratified by all the European Union countries.

Moreover, CEPLI recalls that the inclusion of the territorial cohesion as one of the fundamental values of the European Union represented a considerable step forward for its economic and social cohesion. This cohesion will not happen without the contribution of Local Intermediate Authorities or without the intervention of all the territorial levels of EU.

The press release can be found here.

CEPLI Berlin - Final Declaration

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Message de Mme Mercedes Bresso, Présidente du Comité des Régions

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Programme of the Third Political Conference

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6 seminars organized by CEPLI during Open Days 2010

On the occasion of the 8th European Week of Regions and Cities, the European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities (CEPLI) will organize a series of 6 seminars which will involve large consortia of European partners and will approach complex and innovative topics.

Open Days 2010

5 October 2010

Local Intermediate Authorities: Mobilising Competitive Territories

11:15 - 13:00, Code 05A18
Territorial planning as a competitiveness strategy

14:30 - 17:00, Code 05A27
Innovative policies essential for sustainable growth

6 October 2010

Local Intermediate Authorities: Driving Territorial Cooperation

11:15 - 13:00, Code 06B23
Interterritorial cooperation, the path to EU

14:30 - 17:00, Code 06B36
Partnership mapping a new Europe

7 October 2010

Local Intermediate Authorities: Key Actors for Cohesion

09:00 - 10:45, Code 07C18
Innovative policies for territorial cohesion

11:15 - 13:00, Code 07C24
Leading change through Social Inclusion

The working languages will be: French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Greek, Polish, Hungarian and Romanian (only for the seminar with code 07C18 “Innovative policies for territorial cohesion”).

All these seminars will take place at Solvay Library.

Brief description of the workshops organized by CEPLI

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Programme des débats organisés par la CEPLI

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