12 February 2020
Vasco Cordeiro’s election means all regions and cities matter

Vasco Cordeiro’s election means all regions and cities matter

 

 

 

Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the Regional Government of Azores (Portugal) and our candidate to the Presidency of the European Committee of the Regions, was elected today as the first vice-president of the institution. In two years and a half, he will take over the presidency. Azores is region in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean made of nine islands, with 245,000 inhabitants. 

 

(Full translation will be published shortly)

 

Senhor Presidente,

Membros do Comité das Regiões,

 

Estamos a iniciar um novo mandato. E é por isso que subo a esta tribuna não apenas em nome da minha região, os Açores, mas também em nome do futuro. Subo a esta tribuna em nome da Europa. Subo a esta tribuna em nome do futuro da Europa.

Um futuro que encerra em si mesmo grandes oportunidades, oportunidades que hoje, como no passado, se bem aproveitadas podem fazer a diferença para melhor a vida de cada um dos nossos concidadãos. Um futuro em que a União Europeia não só não pode deixar de estar presente como tem, ela própria, de ser o impulso, de ser o motor, de ser a líder da sua concretização e aproveitamento cabal. E nesse futuro, e no excitante trabalho para agarrar esse futuro, todas as regiões e cidades interessam. Todas as regiões e cidades têm uma palavra a dizer. Todas as regiões e cidades têm um papel ativo a desempenhar, independentemente da sua distancia de Bruxelas, do seu tamanho ou da sua riqueza.

I can guarantee my commitment to work with all the members of the Committee of the Regions, I can guarantee my commitment with the work, ideals and goals, of the Committee of the Regions. Regions know what the EU needs to help boost its potential, for more and better jobs, greater social and environmental protection and the international role of Europe in the world. Regions and municipalities can help achieve the EU goal of not leaving anyone behind.

This assembly is our voice.

That is why our institution must continue to bind itself more closely to the other European institutions and anchor itself more deeply in every municipality, in every city and every region in Europe. We can have a unique role within the EU institutional framework. A role that I would like to see strengthened in order to give representatives of the regional and local level the role that is demanded by the current circumstances.

The new cycle that started with the European elections is a very challenging one:  the MFF negotiations, the Green Deal, the Conference on the Future of Europe are challenges and opportunities that cannot be missed. I am convinced that the European Committee of the Regions must lead in proposing solutions and building the necessary and ambitious compromises with all its members to achieve clear, effective and transparent positions.

My commitment is to work with all: with the President and all the members the Political Bureau, with all political families to further extend the reach and impact of our action.

Dans cette assemblée, nous partageons les mêmes valeurs et la même conviction : l'avenir de notre Union européenne réside dans nos villages, villes et régions, qui sont un pilier fondamental de la vie démocratique de l'Union européenne. Les États membres et les institutions européennes ne sont pas en mesure d'écrire seuls le futur de l'Union à partir du quartier européen. Ils ont besoin de nous pour atteindre cet objectif, car nous aussi, nous sommes élus par les citoyens européens. Mais il faut qu’on se battre encore, à chaque étape, dans chaque domaines politiques, pour qu'ils s'en rendent véritablement compte.

C'est indispensable car je suis convaincu que l'Union a besoin d'une nouvelle manière de fonctionner. Pour inclure la force d'action et de propositions du million d'élus locaux qui comme nous toutes et tous ici veulent rapprocher l'Union du terrain.

Mes chers collègues,

Dans tous les domaines, vous pourrez compter sur mon écoute et sur mon engagement.

Je vous remercie.

 

Vasco Alves Cordeiro

 

 

Listen to the interview of Vasco Cordeiro on FEPS Talks Episode #18

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