On the 5th of June, the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions, together with the European People’s Party, the Civic Platform (PO) and the Polish People’s Party (PSL), organised a high-level debate on Strengthening Regions and Cities to Deliver a Secure and Prosperous Europe to the Citizens in Palace of Culture and Science.

Opening the conference and against the backdrop of the recent long-term EU budget proposals, Michael Schneider, President of the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions, said:

Europe needs stronger local democracy to succeed. By successfully delivering Structural funds and working with the institutions, we can rebuild trust in the European project. Cohesion is much more than just financing projects, it also serve as a platform for deepening the European integration and creation of European identity.

The meeting was held in Warsaw, alongside the EPP political assembly, with the aim to demonstrate the EPP family’s support for the Civic Platform and the Polish People’s Party in view of the local and regional elections this Autumn.

The European People’s Party has always worked tirelessly to build a strong European Union and deliver concrete solutions to our citizens’ concerns, demands and aspirations. We remain committed to continue doing so together with our EPP local, regional and national politicians for a more secure and prosperous Europe

Joseph Daul, President of the EPP, underlined.

Jacek Protas, Member of the Polish Parliament and representative of the Civic Platform, stressed that the growth and improvement of citizens’ lives in Warsaw is thanks to financial support from the EU. “I beleive that the effective use of EU funds would not be possible without a streamlined structure of local government” he said. Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, Leader of the Polish People’s Party, stressed that Europe starts in its cities and regions.

Prominent speakers joined more than 250 European, national, local and regional leaders from across Europe at this event focused on the EU’s added value on people’s daily lives and the local and regional dimension of EU politics with a view to reconnecting with citizens.

Other speakers included:
Esther de Lange, EPP Group Vice-Chair, European Parliament
Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia, Vice-President of the PP GERB
Janusz Lewandowski, Head of the Civic Platform Delegation, EPP Group, European Parliament
Marek Woźniak, EPP-CoR Group Vice-President, Marshal of Wielkopolska Region
Adam Struzik, EPP-CoR, Marshal of Mazovia Region
Dara Murphy, EPP Vice-President, Campaign Director for the 2019 EU elections
Rafał Trzaskowski, EPP Vice-President, Member of the Polish Parliament
Jan Olbrycht, rapporteur on the EU budget post 2020, EPP Group, European Parliament
Olgierd Geblewicz, EPP-CoR Group, Marshal of West Pomerania Region

Photos of the event are available online on the EPP Group of the Committee of the Regions Flickr account.

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