European Committee of the Regions Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 99-101, Brussels


The Future of the EU and the Role of the Regions

Towards the background of the debate about the future of the EU, the subsidiarity principle and the role of regions and cities in European affairs, this one-day conference brought together politicians and academics in order to discuss some of the most important questions in this respect:

  • What role is there for regions to foster democracy in the EU?
  • What are the potential effects of a “multi-speed Europe” on regions?
  • How can the “subsidiarity mechanism” be enhanced?
  • How do regions respond to the changes in the EU’s economic governance?
  • Do “macro-regions” have an impact on governance across borders?
  • What are the challenges for regions with regards to a “social Europe” and the future of EU cohesion policy?

The two rounds of three parallel workshops were at the heart of the conference. Based on inputs from elected politicians and CoR members and academics, they allowed discussing these questions in more detail.

The event invited representatives of regional, national and European parliaments, governments and associations as well as researchers and experts from EU institutions, universities and think tanks. Two plenary sessions and six working groups were held in an interactive way; the results will feed in the activities of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the future of the EU and academic research in the field.

The conference was co-organised by the CoR and Prof Dr Gabriele Abels, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence PRRIDE, University of Tübingen, Germany, in cooperation with Prof Dr Ulrike Guérot, Danube University Krems, Austria, Director of the European Democracy Lab.



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