Priorities of the CoR Presidency of Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso IT

Uploaded by pressecdr on 31.08.2012

The priorities must of course be based on an existing programme or guidelines
supported by the Committee of the Regions
such as the Europe 2020 Strategy or Agenda.
This is the central focus, our task, and so the first priority
will be to help implement the Europe 2020 Strategy or Agenda
which is made up of seven clearly defined flagship initiatives.
The second priority is to make culture, tourism
and sport a driving force in the process.
Each of these areas contributes hugely to economic development.
Culture is also a form of wealth
and sport and tourism are factors
that help to strengthen society.
But tourism is also considered to be an industrial sector
and thus a major component of production and the economy.
In recent years we have seen the development
of multilevel governance. This will be the third priority
as governance is synonymous with transparency, involvement
and deeper and closer links
between our peoples.
Another important initiative is the Covenant of Mayors
which I think is one of the best examples
of multilevel governance, of the connection between regions
and between local authorities, all brought together
under the umbrella of the European Union.
As well as the Covenant of Mayors, I could also mention ARLEM
and CORLEAP, among other initiatives.
The fourth priority is bringing Europe closer to the people.
"Europe made easy" is the message
because we often talk of Europe
in terms of service to its citizens
and that is quite right
only people do not fully realise
that Europe is a network providing services to its citizens.
So we need to bring Europe closer to the people
put our message across more clearly and explain
how Europe can benefit
its citizens.
Europe is not a problem, but a solution.
Europe is not threat, but a response to people's needs.
I don't think there could be a better scenario than this.
Everything can be improved, everything can be perfected
but there is no better framework than this
for improving people's lives
and making the welfare state a reality.
The fifth and final priority concerns the relationship
between the Committee of the Regions and the other European institutions.
We now have stronger links with the European Council
and a very flexible relationship with the European Commission
and we have developed our cooperation with the European Parliament.
This work needs to be continued because
the Committee of the Regions is an institution with an active role
in producing documents, generating ideas
and responding to requests for opinions
from the institutions.