Rapporteurs: Markku Markkula (EPP/FI) and Karl-Heinz Lambertz (PES/BE)

Citizens’ fear of losing their voice in the decision-making process is expressed in different forms of distrust towards the future of Europe. When it comes to rebuilding trust, we need to devote more attention towards citizens and to ensure that their concerns are heard within the EU: therefore we should strengthen inclusiveness and representation.

In this context, local and regional authorities can bring in a more pragmatic and effective take on the way in which the European Union wants to continue to ensure its added value in tackling old and new challenges. The EU needs to listen, notably through local and regional authorities, to its citizens starting from the younger generation, and throughout the future stages of the European integration process.

Adoption timetable:

  • 1st discussion and adoption in CIVEX on 10 July 2018
  • Final adoption in Plenary session of October 2018

More than ever, it is now time to act honestly and to show political leadership in order to rebuild trust in the European project. This effort must not come only from Brussels. It needs input from central, but also local and regional governments.

Donald Tusk
president of the European Council

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