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Governing in partnership - 08.12.2011

Join us in building a stronger Europe through partnership!

Applying a model of governing in partnership to the European Union will be the main topic of discussion at the occasion of "Governing in partnership – United to build a stronger Europe", to be held in Brussels,.Belgium, on 12 December 2011.
The event is organised by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), in collaboration with the other major European networks of local and regional authorities, the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) and EUROCITIES.
The event will be structured around two round tables, with the participation of the presidents of the four main associations representing European local and regional authorities. A closing address will be given by Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, followed by a debate with the participants.
CEMR president, Lord mayor of Stuttgart, Wolfgang Schuster, will introduce and chair the first round table "Towards a new model of governance in Europe". The discussion will revolve around the prospects for adopting a common approach to achieve the Europe 2020 strategy via governing in partnership. This form of governance would involve all spheres of government, as well as civil society, and both the academic and economic worlds.
The reflection will continue with a discussion on the future of Europe and its territories and populations, during a debate on the "Europe 2020 strategy and the future cohesion policy – the contributions of Europe's territories". At this occasion, the commissioner for regional policy, Johannes Hahn, will address the issue of strengthening cohesion in Europe so as to ensure the sustainable, intelligent and successful development of our continent. Moreover, local and regional leaders will share their experiences and discuss the path to follow in order to achieve a stronger Europe through stronger partnership. This round table will be introduced and chaired by Annemarie Jorritsma, mayor of Almere, co-president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, President of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities.
Keith Whitmore, president of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, member of the Manchester city council, Mercedes Bresso, president of the Committee of the Regions, as well as Jan Olbrycht, member of the European Parliament, will also participate in the debates.
Practical information


Date: 12 December 2011, 10h-13h30.
Venue: European Commission, Charlemagne building, Alcide de Gasperi hall, rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.
Registration: Fill out and send the registration form before Wednesday 30 November 2011.
Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian.
Programme : French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian.

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