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Nr 20 Newsletter of the PES Group
in the European Committee of the Regions
June 2017
  Game of Votes and populist special effects in Europe’s changing political landscape
The "Game of Votes" in the EU is certainly as much of a cliffhanger as the Game of Thrones is, but popularity and viewership cannot be maintained through special effects alone. You need some life-size characters to make people keep watching, and progressive parties in Europe can surely cater for such demand.




Dear friends,
The election of Karl-Heinz Lambertz as the CoR's President is important not just for our institution, but also for the wider political debate in the European Union because the CoR will be the only EU institution for the coming years to be head​ed by a Social Democrat…


PES Group urges Estonian Presidency to be an honest broker on cohesion policy
Taking the floor at the CoR plenary session, the Group's First Vice-President, Christophe Rouillon, underlined the need to defend an ambitious reform of the future cohesion policy as a pillar of the European investment policy.


PES-led opinion calls for a major reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP)
The opinion by PES member Guillaume Cros calls for a prosperous, fair and sustainable future CAP based on solidarity and aiming at promoting vibrant and innovative rural territories.


Regions and cities must be given a greater role in the EU's future R&I programme
PES rapporteur Christophe Clergeau calls for a new collective ambition that focuses on scientific excellence and on the innovation capacity of Europe, and which duly acknowledges the key role of regions and cities.


A better coordination of the EU's social security systems is essential for the free movement of people
The opinion by PES member Ulrike Hiller emphasises the key role of local and regional authorities in the delivery of social security services, and makes concrete proposals on the rules applying to posted workers, on the coordination of long-term care benefits and on the unemployment benefits.


Cities and regions must be recognized as policy-makers for sustainable development
Drafted by PES member Franco Iacop, the opinion sets out how local realities can best implement the objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and contribute to developing a sustainable future.



Newsletter of the PES Group
in the European Committee of the Regions
Issue Nr 20 - June 2017




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