Conference on Regions in Europe & Project Launch in Brussels
To kick off the Regional Parliaments Lab (REGIOPARL), we co-organized a conference on the Future of the EU and the role of regions with the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Positioning Regions and Regionalism in a Democratic Europe” (PRRIDE) at the University of Tübingen. The University of Tübingen has a long-standing reputation for its excellent research on regions in the European Union and we are happy to have them onboard for REGIOPARL. The conference gathered researchers, policy-makers, and politicians to discuss the future of European regions. The debate took place in light of the ongoing discussions on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework of the EU and the budget accorded to cohesion policy, a fundamental aspect for EU regions.
The conference focused on the effectiveness of the subsidiarity mechanism, democratic legitimacy and the consequences of Brexit for European regions.
On the following day, we invited all relevant stakeholders in Brussels and particularly representatives of European regions to the representation of Berlin to the European Union. The Brussels office of Berlin kindly offered their location to kick-off REGIOPARL in an informal breakfast session. Over coffee and croissants, we introduced this new research consortium on regional parliaments and outlined our timeframe for the next five years. We invited regional parliaments to become an integral part of the project and to help us deliver convincing proposals for the institutional future of regions in the EU.
After this early morning session, we first came together as a research consortium and spend a full day working with our colleagues from Danube-University Krems, Jagiellonian University Krakòw, the University of Tübingen and the Berlin Social Science Centre (WZB).