Juncker counts on active role of regions and cities for achieving priorities


Addressing the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions today, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, referred to CoR members as the lifeblood of democracy and the guardians of subsidiarity, before underlining that the Investment Plan for Europe does not replace the structural funds. Juncker also paid tribute to the role that CoR members can play in decreasing the gap between the citizens of Europe and policies of the EU, as they are the representatives closest to the people. Speaking on behalf of the EPP Group, Michael Schneider, President of the EPP Group in the CoR, stressed the need to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape linked …

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