As a new European Parliament has recently been elected and a new Commission is being appointed, this workshop will stimulate debate around key challenges facing the EU today and how regions can help to create a more democratic, inclusive and sustainable Europe. In this session, regional leaders from across Europe will discuss how regions are tackling these challenges and how to better involve regional authorities and their citizens in EU policy-making and implementation so that EU policies and legislation deliver the best outcomes for EU citizens, building a Union they trust and support.
How to reach out to citizens and foster their engagement, in particular, young people, in the EU democratic process and policy-making? How to make cohesion policy and its role in building a more democratic, inclusive and sustainable Europe more visible to its citizens? How to more effectively involve local and regional authorities in EU policy-making in order to bring the EU closer to its citizens? These and more will be some of the questions to be explored during the workshop.