PES Group to Estonian Presidency: Be an honest broker on the cohesion policy and keep up the pace on the 'Reflecting on Europe' process  
 Plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions
7/13/2017
In his speech, Rouillon raised his concerns about growing disparities between regions and stressed that "Estonia, as one of the smaller Member States, is particularly legitimate to be an honest broker in the upcoming negotiations on the future of the cohesion policy, keeping it as much as possible safe from national governments' horse trading." We need to defend an ambitious reform of the cohesion policy as a pillar of the European investment policy and which will put the interest of EU citizens first", he stressed. 

He also called for a closer follow-up on the 'Reflecting on Europe' process, to which - at  his initiative - the CoR is contributing in 2017 in the form of some 135 citizens dialogues organised in over 20 EU Member States, and with the participation of some 150 CoR members.  

Last but not least, being the CoR's rapporteur on the 'Reflection paper on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union', he called for advancing swiftly on the proposal for setting up a fiscal capacity for the Eurozone. 

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