Local and regional representatives across the EU are responsible for the implementation of around 70% of EU legislation.
Their growing impact, thanks to their devolved powers, on the drafting of such legislation puts these authorities in a unique position when it comes to articulating a vision for sustainable development and territorial cohesion.
In a recent Eurobarometer survey gauging public opinion in EU regions, local and regional authorities are among the best placed to explain EU policy to citizens.
This is why the outcome of local and regional elections is of particular relevance to the lives of EU citizens, without of course underestimating its impact upon national politics.
Progressive local and regional politicians are changing the way Europe works on the ground, safeguarding social and territorial cohesion, and taking forward a growth model that steers clear from austerity-only measures.