Why the EU needs to take a local shift

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This article is part of our special report A place for regions and cities in the European elections debate.

Whether it’s Brexit or climate strikes, Europeans no longer want ‘politics as usual’. This sentiment, which is being expressed by the European population, should send a shockwave through EU Member States.

Now that MEPs are back in Brussels and Strasbourg, with a packed programme of legislative issues to deal with, local and regional leaders are suggesting one way forward: the EU needs a local shift.

This is in substance what they lay down in their Manifesto for a local and regional Europe, channelled by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).

The Manifesto outlines solutions to make Europe more citizen-inclusive, locally driven and anchored in its communities. The proposals include creating an Erasmus programme for towns and regions, or a yearly local citizens’ debate on EU issues, as well as a focus on women’s political empowerment.

Watch our collection of messages from mayors, local and regional leaders gathered in this two-minute video. Get comfortable in your chair and hit the PLAY button.

Further information:

The Manifesto for a local & regional Europe is available in a dozen languages. You can find all versions here: http://ccre.org/en/actualites/view/3839.

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