November #CoRplenary: the effect of Brexit on EU's cities and regions

Local and regional leaders to discuss potential impact of Brexit at #CoRplenary
Also on the agenda: debates with EU Commissioners Moscovici and Vestager on the EU's Economic and Monetary Union and competition policy.

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the EU's assembly for local and regional politicians, will hold its final plenary session of the year on 30 November - 1 December. Keynote speakers include Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, and Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition.

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Brexit: the view from EU's cities and regions

Two weeks before EU's national leaders are due to discuss the progress of negotiations on the UK's departure from the EU, local and regional leaders from across Europe will debate the possible social, economic, and political implications Brexit will have on their cities and regions. Many local and regional governments have taken part in an EU-wide survey that the CoR will share with the EU's decision-making institutions. The debate will be opened by Madrid's Regional President, Cristina Cifuentes , who will discuss the socio-economic impact of Brexit for regions and cities. Neale Richmond , who chaired the Irish senate's committee that looked into the implications of Brexit, will subsequently lead discussions on the challenges for external borders. The complexities of unravelling European citizenship will then be given centre-stage, with contributions from the Portuguese Deputy Mayor of Lambeth in London,Guilherme Rosa, and Derek Monks - a British-born local councillor in Alicante (Spain).

The Economic and Monetary Union: debate with Commissioner Moscovici

The deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union by 2025 and its regional and local implications will be debated with the EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici. His reflection paper presented at the end of May is also the subject of an opinion , prepared by Christophe Rouillon, Vice-President of the Association of French Mayors and Mayor of Coulaines, scheduled for adoption right after the debate.

What role for waste incineration in the circular economy?

Waste-to-energy is about converting waste to produce electricity. While cities and regions remain strongly committed to high levels of waste prevention, product reuse and recycling, they acknowledge the role it plays in moving towards a more sustainable circular economy. Local authorities hold waste management competencies across Europe. They call on the EU to take into account the set of recommendations they include in the opinion "The role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy" by Kata Tüttő, Councillor from Budapest District 12.


Friday 1 December

EU Competition Policy and State aid rules

The record fines for Google and Apple have attracted much media interest in the past showing the impact and importance of EU competition policy. However, other aspects of competition policy have greater influence on the daily lives of European citizens, an issue which will be discussed with Commissioner Vestager during the plenary session. The discussion will be followed by the adoption of the opinion prepared by Michael Murphy, County Councillor from Tipperary (Ireland), who calls for more flexibility in the enforcement of state aid rules for peripheral regions and in economically and socially challenging times.

Other opinions to be adopted:

The implementation of macro-regional strategies , rapporteur Raffaele Cattaneo (IT/EPP), President of the Lombardia Region
Legal acts providing for the use of the regulatory procedure with scrutiny , rapporteur François Decoster (FR/ALDE), Vice-President of Hauts-de-France Region
EU Citizenship Report 2017 , rapporteurGuillermo Martínez Suá rez (ES/PES), Minister of the Presidency of the Principality of Asturias
Work-life balance for parents and carers , rapporteur Nathalie Sarrabezolles (FR/PES), President of Finistère Departmental Council
Modernising school and higher education , rapporteur Csaba Borboly (RO/EPP), President of Harghita County Council
Local and regional perspective on promoting public sector innovation via digital solutions , rapporteur Frank Cecconi (FR/ALDE), Regional Councillor for Île de France
Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy in the Atlantic area Delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth , rapporteur Jerry Lundy (IE/ALDE), Member of Sligo County Council
Deinstitutionalisation in Care systems at local and regional level , rapporteur Xamuel Gonzalez Westling (SE/PES), Member of Hofors Municipal Council
Revitalisation of rural areas through Smart Villages , rapporteur Enda Stenson (IE/EA), Leitrim County Council
Towards a European Agenda for Housing , rapporteur Hicham Imane (BE/PES), Member of Charleroi Municipal Council

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