“We want to be an active partner in the Conference on the Future of Europe. Villages, cities and regions can provide concrete proposals that reflect the reality on the ground.” Olgierd Geblewicz, President of the Westpomeranian Region and President of EPP-CoR Group made these remarks during a meeting with European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica, responsible for Democracy and Demography held via videoconference.
Geblewicz said that the EPP-CoR strongly believes in dialogue with citizens. In fact, back in 2018, the EPP launched Local Dialogues, a series of events organised in villages, cities and regions across Europe, bringing citizens and EPP-CoR members together to discuss European policies of local interest and gathering people’s expectations on the ground. The aim of the ongoing initiative is to make sure that the local and regional perspectives are reflected in EU policies. The EPP Group in the Committee of the Region also set up a Task Force on the Future of Europe and Democracy to contribute in the conference.
Vice-President Dubravka Šuica said that cooperation with the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions will be very important in debates on the Future Of Europe but also in analysing the impact of demographic challenges in European Union regions.
During the meeting President Geblewicz expressed his concerns on the situation in Poland. “Elections are an important democratic process but we have held no campaign. The government must stop undermining democracy and the rule of law.
Referring to the corona virus crisis, Vice-President Šuica stressed that only by standing together we will be able to fight the virus. President Geblewicz said that although we are passing through challenging times, difficulties can help us understand the added value of Europe and strengthen our common values.