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ECR conference on achieving improved economic governance and investments

ECR conference on achieving improved economic governance and investments


09 Oct 2019 14h30Brussels


General information

Conference organised by the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group in the European Committee of the Regions as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019

The European Semester provides a framework for the coordination of the EU's economic and fiscal policies of its Member States. It is a tool used by the Member States to discuss their economic reforms and budget plans and for the European Commission to monitor progress. Currently, the implementation of half of the European Semester's country-specific recommendations prepared by the European Commission and the Council require local and regional authority action. However, local and regional authorities are not formally involved in setting the recommendations.

Open to the various institutions and political groups, as well as to the media, NGOs and think tanks, this conference aims to present how to ensure that local and regional authorities have a more formal, structured and permanent presence in the European Semester. Representatives of local government, the European Commission and think tanks will deliberate ways of making the current policymaking process more bottom-up, and therefore more effective and more democratic.

Interpretation will be provided in the following languages: English, Italian and Polish.​




9 October Conference:

Achieving improved economic governance and investments

14.30 p.m. – 14.45 p.m.

Introduction from the Moderator

Bas van den Barg, Senior Policy Officer, Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG)

14.45 p.m. – 15.20 p.m.                

Supporting Statements

  • Rob Jonkman, President of the ECR Group in the CoR, CoR rapporteur on aligning structural reforms with long-term investments and Alderman in Opsterland in the Netherlands
  • Morray Gilland, Head of Unit for Policy Development and Economic Analysis, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Juraj Droba, Chairman of Bratislava Self-Governing Region in Slovakia, Member of the ECR CoR Group Bureau
  • Eugènia Lleal Fontàs, Policy Officer, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions
15.20 p.m. – 16.00 p.m.Panel discussions
16.00 p.m. – 16.30 p.m.Q&A​


Jacques Delors building, Rue Belliard 101, Brussels