Manifesto for the European elections
With elections to the European Parliament due in May, local and regional governments have adopted a Manifesto outlining nine proposals for an EU that puts a higher priority its citizens, cities, municipalities and regions.
The Manifesto was adopted by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and its 57 associations of local and regional governments. The 24-page document covers many topical issues, ranging from employment and social priorities to public services and cohesion.
CEMR and its member associations also produced a introduction video to the Manifesto. It is addressed to the European institutions and proposes a way forward calling for closer collaboration among all elected represenattives - local, national and European - to ensure that EU policies meet the needs of the citizens.
The introduction video to the Manifesto: EN, FR
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The ten local and regional governments' proposals:
- Continue prioritising youth employment;
- Monitor the implementation of the structural funds thoroughly to achieve better territorial cohesion;
- Opt for lighter and simpler regulation, and provide transparency when opting for the fast track procedure;
- Respect the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality;
- Define ambitious objectives for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and develop renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2030;
- Increase the Europe for Citizens Programme budget until the symbolic “1 euro per citizen per year”;
- Stand for deeper integration and democratic legitimacy for the European Union and initiate a Convention in order to draft a Fundamental Law of the European Union;
- Support further enlargement of the European Union and mediate deeper implication of all levels of local and regional authorities in the negotiation process;
- Support integrated global approaches, particularly in cooperation with partners in the Global South.