Consultation relating to the working paper on "permanent
and systematic dialogue with associations of local authorities
on policy development"
Within the framework of the follow-up on the White Paper on
European Governance and the reinforcement of its relationship
with representative associations of regional and local authorities,
the European Commission has presented a working paper outlining
a number of essential principles aimed at underpinning its
relationships with these associations of territorial actors.
The dialogue proposed, to which the Committee of the Regions
should play an important role, aims at improving the procedure
for preparing European policies which have an impact on the
regions and the municipalities. It is proposed that this dialogue
would relate to the annual programme of work of the Commission,
and to important initiatives which have a strong territorial
impact. In addition, the Commission proposes holding meetings
during which Members of the Commission would present the main
initiatives of the policies for which they have responsibility.
With their agreement, the Commission will invite the Committee
of the Regions to organise these meetings and to identify
the associations concerned in each specific case.
By means of a public consultation on the Internet, which
was opened on the 28th of March last, the Commission called
upon all interested parties, and in particular European associations
of local and regional authorities, to submit their observations
on this working paper.
All the contributions that were formally addressed to the
Commission are included below in their original form. The
richness of these contributions, which are currently being
examined in more detail by the Commission departments, constitutes
an important input to the development of a Commission Communication
on this subject, the adoption of which is envisaged at the
end of the summer.
Thanks to all the actors concerned with this debate, at European,
national and regional level, for their enormous input into
this consultation and for the quality of their contributions.
Communication from the Commission
Year 2003 - Number 811
Working document of the Commission Services
Permanent and systematic dialogue with associations of
local authorities on policy development
Contributions received within the framework of the consulations