ALDE-CoR Reports

ONGOING

European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund

Michiel Rijsberman will address the question of what will happen with the EU budget post-Brexit and which themes and conditions will be attached to the funds. “We keep urging to maintain the budget for our policies, to concentrate on sustainability and innovation and for less bureaucracy”.

ONGOING

Realization of the trans-European transport network

This report concerns the very specific issue of facilitating the authorization and implementation of the projects of common interest on the Trans-European Transport core network (TEN-T) corridors.

ONGOING

Fair taxation of the Digital Economy

The challenge ahead is to seize all these digital opportunities to ensure Europe’s competitiveness, while ensuring fair taxation.

ADOPTED

Combatting Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

The rapporteur and President of the ALDE Group in the Committee of the Regions (ALDE-CoR) Bart Somers recently presented his report on how to combat radicalisation and prevent violent extremism. As Mayor of Mechelen in Belgium, a very diverse city of 124 nationalities, he has firsthand experience on policies that can help local authorities preventing the process of radicalisation

ADOPTED

Delivering on low-emission mobility

The objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport by at least 60% compared with 1990 levels by 2050 can only be achieved by making profound changes to the way we move people and goods today.

ADOPTED

The need for and way towards an EU strategy on alcohol-related issues

Alcohol abuse has a large impact on our society, whether it is on the societal, social or economic level. With her report, Ewa-May Karlsson focuses on future action and prevention plans for alcohol-related issues at the EU level with an important contribution from local authorities.

ADOPTED

Mid-term review of the EU Forest Strategy

Martikainen will look at the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy and add to its review, calling on the Commission to offer appropriate empowerment options to regions and cities

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Action Plan to Support the Protection of Public space

Local actors play a key role in making local areas a safe place to live.

ADOPTED

Boosting broadband connectivity in Europe

Vorklaev will contribute to avoiding the digital divide and setting the pace towards 5G. 

ADOPTED

European Strategy for the Outermost Regions

Rapporteur Clavijo Batlle will thoroughly update the way that ORs are taken into account in European policies and provide a response to the expectations of European citizens in these regions.

ADOPTED

Proposal for a European Defence Fund

The defence industry & technology is an important part of many regions’ economies. Dainis Turlais (LV) will initiate a discussion on the EU defence policy after 2025 to strengthen the role of the EU in defence while focusing on research as well as on development and acquisition to ensure cooperation in defence equipment and technology.

ADOPTED

Legal acts providing for the use of the regulatory procedure with scrutiny

François Decoster supports the reform of the comitology system. 

ADOPTED

Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy in the Atlantic

As rapporteur on a Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic area, Jerry Lundy aims at delivering smart, sustainable & inclusive growth.

ADOPTED

The services package

Competitive services, particularly business services, are crucial for productivity and cost competitiveness in other sectors such as manufacturing which are vital for regional and local economies. 

ADOPTED

Promoting public sector innovation via digital solutions

Digital solutions can play a key role in building a new model of government which is more transparent, simpler, more efficient, more inclusive and thus more in tune with users’ aspirations;. 

ADOPTED

Erasmus for Local and Regional Representatives

François Decoster aims at relaunching the “Erasmus for local and regional elected representatives. This Erasmus initiative would allow elected representatives to enhance their knowledge about EU Cohesion Policy and regional politicians could thus also learn from each other and launch joint initiatives to the citizens’ benefit!

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Energy efficiency and buildings

The European Committee of the Regions has appointed Mr Michiel Rijsberman (NL/ALDE) rapporteur on the ‘Energy efficiency and buildings’ opinion which will analyse both proposals simultaneously. 

ADOPTED

A space strategy for Europe

Space isn’t irrelevant for regions nor is it too far away: space matters, whether through satellite navigation or Earth observation programmes! “A good European space policy can help create jobs, boost growth, and be of strategic importance, pushing the boundaries of science and technology”. 

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Social innovation as a new tool for creating growth and jobs

The European Union is facing major societal challenges including migration, ageing, unemployment, climate change and the energy transition. Although these challenges call for significant European investment over the longer term, it is important to be alert to everyday issues in cities and regions, and to look for the solutions at grassroots level rather than in a top-down way. 

ADOPTED

EU Enlargement Strategy

The enlargement strategy and the accession of new Member States acts as a guarantee of EU policy implementation and the success of Europe as a whole. While there will be no further EU enlargement during its term of office (2014-2019), the ongoing enlargement process will continue. The process has now reached the point where enlargement discussions with Turkey have been put on hold for various political reasons. 

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The financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union

As the guardian of the interests of local and regional authorities, it is essential for the European Committee of the Regions to evaluate whether the legislative proposal on regulation on the financial rules has taken on board the views of European Cities and Regions, as expressed in its opinions. Based on this evaluation, the CoR will suggest amendments to the legislative proposal where necessary.

ADOPTED

Food Waste

In order to meet the economic, environmental and social challenges created by all this waste, the European Committee of the regions’ rapporteur, Ossi Martikainen (FI/ALDE), called on the EU to adopt a minimum target of reducing food waste by 30% by 2025. In his report adopted at the June plenary, he encourages local and regional authorities to take action by putting in place effective prevention and awareness programmes.

ADOPTED

Action Plan on VAT: Towards a single EU VAT area

Fraud, fragmentation and the complexity of the VAT system are a major challenge especially for border regions and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Therefore the members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) broadly support the European Commission’s move to modernise VAT in the EU through an opinion prepared by Dainis Turlais (LV/ALDE).

ADOPTED

Aviation Strategy

The liberalization of the European aviation market served us well – we have seen strong growth, jobs, trade and mobility but emerging economies outside of the EU and new actors like the ones from the Gulf states make competition fiercer on the European aviation market. We therefore need a more comprehensive European Aviation strategy because a competitive and viable European aviation sector is important for all regional development.

ADOPTED

Combatting Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

The rapporteur and President of the ALDE Group in the Committee of the Regions (ALDE-CoR) Bart Somers recently presented his report on how to combat radicalisation and prevent violent extremism. As Mayor of Mechelen in Belgium, a very diverse city of 124 nationalities, he has firsthand experience on policies that can help local authorities preventing the process of radicalisation

ADOPTED

The REFIT Programme: the local and regional perspective

EU laws should be as simple and reduce the costs of regulation, so that citizens, businesses and authorities can reap the intended benefits of them in the easiest and most straightforward way. To achieve this, the European Commission launched the Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme in 2012, and set up the REFIT platform composed of relevant stakeholders, which collects suggestions and makes recommendations on how to simplify laws.

ADOPTED

The need for and way towards an EU strategy on alcohol-related issues

Alcohol abuse has a large impact on our society, whether it is on the societal, social or economic level. With her report, Ewa-May Karlsson focuses on future action and prevention plans for alcohol-related issues at the EU level with an important contribution from local authorities.

ADOPTED

Effective water management system: an approach to innovative solutions

Water management is a capital-intensive policy area in which major investments are made, and these investments will only increase. We need to have a comprehensive approach by including all related policy areas such as agriculture, energy, economy, health… This would reduce possible disinvestment, and create new opportunities and grounds for innovation.

ADOPTED

Review of the telecom package

The opinion aims to support internet connectivity of high quality based on very high-speed broadband services, financial assistance within the Union to contribute to the EU’s economic, social and territorial cohesion. To supports the interim target whereby a 5G connection should be available as a commercial service in at least one major city in each Member State by 2020.

ADOPTED

Missing transport links in border regions

Missing links in border regions form part of a wider issue: lack of financing for the development of local and regional transport infrastructure. In view of the upcoming budgetary review there is a necessity to intensify the political effort to close the missing transport links in Europe’s border region.