NAMRB delegation at the Bucharest Summit of regions and cities
Photo: NAMRB delegation
On March 14 and 15, the 8th Summit of Regions and Cities was organized in the Romanian capital Bucharest. The event, that is hold on every two years, is the largest forum of European local and regional authorities. It was under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and went under the motto ‘Re (New) Europe’.
NAMRB delegation at the Summit composed 13 mayors and the association executive director Mrs. Silvyia Georgieva. At personal invitation of the CoR President, Mr. Karl-Heinz Lambertz, in the most significant event of the European local and regional authorities participated the NAMRB President, mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, Mr. Daniel Panov. Eight mayors’ members of the Bulgarian CoR national delegation attended also.
Photo: Meeting vice-president Markkula
At the event, NAMRB delegation met Mr. Markku Markkula, CoR first vice-president. Discussed were issues related to the ongoing negotiations on EU budget post 2020, the future of the Cohesion policy and the access of Bulgarian municipalities to the European funds in the programming period 2021 - 2027.
For the first time in the forum were involved young local elected politicians from all Member States. NAMRB was represented by four young mayors, who joint sessions for young elected politicians at local level. In the beginning of the year, special selection committee of the Summit organizers approved all four applications of young leaders deposited by NAMRB. So Bulgaria became the Member State with the most representatives attended the events for young local leaders.
The Summit was officially opened by Karl-Heinz Lambertz, the mayor of Bucharest Gabriela Firea, Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of the UN Olga Algayerova. In their official addresses focus was put to the importance of the Cohesion policy and its contribution for the improvement of everyday life of the European citizens.
More than one thousand participants joint the event, elected representatives at regional and local level - mayors, governors and councillors, the President and the Prime Minister of Romania, members of the Romanian Government, EU commissioners and high-ranking officials of European institutions and organizations. They debated on topics as: social cohesion and integration; regions and cities of the EU building the new future; territorial cohesion and the inclusion of EU citizens; active subsidiarity and the expectations of young local and regional leaders from the EU.
Photo: Young leaders’ event
In spirited and emotional debate young politicians discussed the future of Europe and activities, which may involve regions, cities, the legislative and executive powers in the Member States and political parties.
NAMRB young mayor of Dobrich city proposal to be debated actions through which the regions can become stronger and have greater impact on EU policies was adopted.
In an interview for CoR the other NAMRB young leader, the mayor of Svishtov Municipality pointed that the guarantee for the Union's success is the real inclusion of young politicians - experienced, qualified and educated. He also stressed that the Bulgarian municipalities very successfully invest at local level the support received from the European solidarity funds.
The Summit participants adopted declaration in which EU cities and regions present their vision to renew Europe. The main message is that the EU has to change the way it works, to go closer to citizens and to respond to their needs through giving greater role to their regions and cities. The Declaration will be handed over to the state leaders at their meeting in Sibiu on the 9th of May by the Romanian president.