The opinion on ‘Better regulation: taking stock and sustaining our commitment’ by EPP rapporteur Olgierd Geblewicz (EPP-PL), President of the region of West Pomerania and leader of Poland’s regional Presidents, was adopted unanimously today during the Plenary Session of the European Committee of the Regions.
“Citizens from regions and cities deserve good quality legislation that builds European added value that is clear and well-communicated. As regional and local authorities, we have to ensure that our citizens are part of the European law making process. The European Committee of the Regions is an asset and we need to strengthen its role because the voice of our citizens needs to be heard at European level” stated rapporteur Olgierd Geblewicz.
In March 2019, the European Committee of the Regions launched a Network of Regional Hubs for an EU Policy Implementation Review, which during a two-year pilot phase is reviewing the impact of EU policy on local and regional governments in three areas: public procurement, air quality and cross-border healthcare. The project has already gathered feedback about EU public-procurement reforms from EU correspondents in 36 regional administrations in 16 countries and from members of their networks. The resulting implementation review which was published this July, fed into a CoR opinion, adopted on 9 October, that praised the EU’s intentions but found significant shortcomings in the reforms’ impact.
Olgierd Geblewicz has demonstrated how mainly local and regional authorities implement and use EU legislation, while also having the closest link to citizens to implement EU legislation. He put into practice his work from Brussels in the Westpomeranian Region and gave a concrete example during the Plenary Session: “Between June and September our RegHub secretary located in the Marshal’s Office of Westpomeranian Region carried out a survey on air quality as depicted in the respective EU directives.. Within this timeframe, we have managed to involve 114 local and sub-regional governments that have provided us with information we can further develop in the form of a report which will be presented to the EU institutions. Thanks to the RegHub initiative we are able to consult specific EU legislation with almost every local community in our region.”