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Nr 18 Newsletter of the PES Group
in the European Committee of the Regions
March 2017

Dear friends,
After Brexit, Trump and the rest of the bad news we have accumulated lately, I can for once start this newsletter with some hopeful signs that have come up these recent days (without going over the top of course): in the Dutch elections, the worst-case scenario of a right-wing populist in power has been avoided…


Progressive regions and cities are the DNA of a socially-driven Europe
Ahead of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties and of the 'March for Europe', the PES Group President Catiuscia Marini intervened in the "Europe Together –Shaping the future of Europe" event, organised by the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, and which is part of a fundamental reflection process on the future of the EU.


The future of Europe must be debated in the EU's cities and regions
Taking the floor at the CoR's plenary session, Jo Leinen MEP, underlined that the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and the “March for Europe” must be the starting points for a public debate that would lead to a new consensus on what we expect from the EU and on the instruments it needs.


It’s NOT (just) the economy, stupid: Brexit puts human relationships at stake
Reacting to the intervention of Michel Barnier, European Chief Brexit Negotiator, the Group’s First Vice-President, Markus Töns, called for a fair and human future relationship between the EU and the UK, which would take into account the rights of the EU citizens living in the UK as well as the ones of the UK citizens living in the EU.


Respecting the Rule of law is a prerequisite for exercising democracy at local and regional level
Commenting on the CoR resolution adopted at the March plenary session, the PES Group's First Vice-President, Markus Töns, strongly criticized the recent attempts by some conservative-led national governments (including in Poland and Hungary) to pass laws that risk to undermine the very foundations of democracy and of the rule of law.


Closer cooperation between regions is vital for disaster risk deduction
Intervening in response to Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management, the Group's President, Catiuscia Marini, called for a better coordination at EU level to make sure that knowledge and expertise are brought together to make our territories more resilient.


Healthier food production and consumption are key elements for a sustainable Europe
Taking the floor in response to the Commissioner responsible for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, the PES NAT-coordinator Karsten Uno Petersen called for the EU's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) to be extended into a broader Common Agriculture and Food policy.


Regions and cities are key partners in the transition to a low-carbon economy
The opinion on 'Legislative proposals for a new Effort Sharing Decision and on Land-use, Land-use-change and Forestry (LULUCF) in the context of implementing the EU 2030 climate goals' by PES member Juri Gotmans calls for local and regional expertise to be taken into account to ensure a smooth implementation.


PES sets milestones in CoR resolution ahead of the European Commission's Work Programme 2018
In reaction to Commissioner Hogan's intervention, Guillaume Cros, CoR rapporteur on the 'Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) post 2020', called for a rural agenda which takes into consideration employment, the environment, climate change, agriculture, and innovation aspects.



Newsletter of the PES Group
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Issue Nr 18 - March 2017


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