Regions must be empowered to become globalisation-resilient  
 Plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions
10/11/2017

Responding to the European Commission's Reflection Paper on Harnessing Globalisation, her opinion on Strengthening territorial resilience: empowering regions and cities to face globalisation calls for a holistic EU strategy aimed at ensuring a fairer distribution of the benefits of globalisation based on three main pillars: a pro-active strategy on improving skills, knowledge, infrastructure and thus regional comp​etitiveness; a mitigation strategy including a profoundly reformed European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGAF), and a participative strategy built on democratic accountability. 


The rapporteur makes concrete policy recommendations in a series of areas, including trade and industrial policies, social policy, migration, the Common Agriculture Policy, and cohesion policy. "When negotiating international trade agreements, the EU must empower its citizens by promoting transparency, workers protection and services of public interest, thereby ensuring that the division between the poor and the rich doesn't get any wider. Likewise, we need to push for a strong common policy on asylum and legal migration, build regional and local partnerships with third countries and contribute to the implementation of the UN development goals". 

Micaela Fanelli's opinion was adopted by an overwhelming majority in the CoR's plenary session.

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