On 23-26 May, several elections took place across Europe at local, regional and European levels. The results show that citizens believe in the European project but that they also want change in order to build a European Union that can deliver for its people. The 26th of May marks a pivotal moment after which it is now impossible to continue with the status quo. It also marks a positive result for progressive cities and regions that have demanded radical change for a fairer, more democratic and sustainable Europe. While it is regrettable that some national leaders have sought to hijack these elections for national political purposes, a proper analysis of the votes shows that we have reached a momentum for change.
The way forward is through a progressive agenda dedicated to fighting social injustice and the climate crisis, building equality, ensuring that the climate transition is unbiased for all citizens, building a European democracy for all that gives regions and cities a say in EU policy-shaping and in policy-making.
"The vast majority of citizens believe their future lies in a united Europe. Every level of government must now come together for change. By empowering its 1 million local and regional politicians, the EU will be more responsive to the needs of its citizens, strengthen democracy, be more inclusive, and deliver a sustainable future that leaves no one behind. It's time to rebuild the EU with its cities and regions," says Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions.
The PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions is committed to work for a new progressive Europe, together with our lead candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, and the new progressive Members of the European Parliament.
About last night...
— S&D Group (@TheProgressives) May 27, 2019
L'aggressione sovranista alle
istituzioni europee è fallita. Nel Parlamento europeo c'è
un'ampia e solida maggioranza per cambiare, ma rilanciando il
— Nicola Zingaretti (@nzingaretti) May 26, 2019
Coulaines résiste! Les partis pro-européens sont très majoritaires et l‘extrême droite est en dessous de20%. C‘est le résultat d‘une politique municipale de sécurité & de cohésion sociale mais aussi d‘une pédagogie continue sur le fonctionnement et les opportunités de l‘UE. pic.twitter.com/UWAGK2BVJQ
— Christophe Rouillon (@ch_rouillon) May 26, 2019
We congratulate our members who were re-elected at local and regional level, such as Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions and Member of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community (Belgium), Francina Armengol, President of the Government of the Balearic Islands (Spain), Abel Caballero Álvarez, Mayor of Vigo (Spain), Antonio Decaro, Mayor of Bari (Italy), Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville (Spain), Niall McNelis, Councillor of Galway (Ireland).
G R À C I E S ! pic.twitter.com/ay8DuOSgb3
— Francina Armengol (@F_Armengol) May 26, 2019
— Michele Emiliano (@micheleemiliano) May 27, 2019
— Juan Espadas Cejas (@JuanEspadasSVQ) May 26, 2019
Gracias a la ciudad por el apoyo masivo. Seguiremos trabajando los próximos cuatro años. Ganó Vigo! pic.twitter.com/Zi92P6WhY7
— Abel Caballero (@abelcaballero) May 27, 2019
Thank you to an amazing team, especially my wife Aideen and my family and friends. I'm delighted to be elected to Galway City Council for another term.
Looking to working with all the newly elected council pic.twitter.com/Ex15PkTf4a
— Niall McNelis (@niall_mcnelis) May 26, 2019
We also commend all our politicians who engaged in a difficult fight by running for elections at European, local or regional level with a progressive European agenda and a passionate belief in a better future, like Marco Dus (Italy) and Christophe Clergeau (France).
Je n’aurai donc pas l’honneur de siéger au Parlement Européen. J’ai été heureux de mener cette belle campagne avec les équipes de @enviedeurope et je vais poursuivre mon engagement au sein du Comité Européen des Régions @EU_CoR @PES_CoR @rglucks1 @faureolivier #europeaucoeur
— Christophe Clergeau (@clergeau) May 27, 2019
Era giusto provarci, è stato bello farlo insieme.
Saluto e ringrazio tutti i compagni di viaggio di questa magnifica avventura, e i Vittoriesi che hanno deciso di darci la loro fiducia.
Ci eravamo candidati per vincere, abbiamo perso.
Da oggi possiamo rimetterci al lavoro...
— marco dus (@dus_marco) May 28, 2019