Local communities and their views for CoFoE
In a special report with several interviews Renew Europe CoR looks how, for local and regional stakeholders, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) is a chance to address the most prominent issues in Europe’s regions and cities and translate these into proposals for the future of the EU.
During its multiplex-event, local citizen’s panels indicated an appetite for ambitious EU reforms in the process of CoFoE, and how many policies could benefit from a bottom-up approach. In the city of Autun with Mayor Vincent Chauvet (MoDem) for instance, Citizens called for harmonisation at the EU level of rules for accessibility, in particular in transport and establishments open to the public, as well as in public administrations.
The EU is also more than just a bank account, says Renew Europe group at the Committee of Regions President and Mayor of Saint-Omer, François Decoster (MoDem). Elected local officials are crucial in bringing the EU closer to the citizens and showing them it is not just about receiving funds. Convinced that it is essential to talk about Europe at the local level, Decoster set up ‘correspondents’ to bring European news to the public.
CoFoE has the potential to make the voices of European citizens from across different communities and regions heard. This special report looks at what they expect from the EU for their future development. It was carried out in collaboration with Euractiv.