The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an opinion on "Next steps for a sustainable European future - European action for sustainability" COM(2016) 739 final". The rapporteur of the opinion, Franco Iacop (IT/PES)(in the picture), Regional Councillor and President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council, together with his expert, Graziano Lorenzon, would be delighted to meet representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topics of this opinion. To shape the debate, we would suggest the following questions:
- Was this relationship pursued by EU policy in the past, with what results and what were the possible EU approach weaknesses?
- Do you think the setting of Communication confers a major (or minor) role to the local authorities? Does it identifie (or not) new tasks and responsibilities for the local institutions?
- Starting from the concept that the development and quality of life are closely linked to the territory and to the interaction between social and institutional actors, do you feel that the Communication (as it is articulated) is able to make a significant contribution to the construction of new partnerships based on a co-development vision in the agenda 2030?
- Finally, is the decentralized approach sufficiently supported by the Communication and, moreover, is the particular know-how of the local authorities fairly valued?