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EUROCITIES letter to EU leaders on populism and Euroscepticism

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23-03-2017

Ahead of the summit of heads of state and government in Rome, EUROCITIES has shared the view from cities with European leaders.

In a letter, sent directly to the president of the EU Council, Donald Tusk, and to Italian prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni, EUROCITIES summarises the outcome of work conducted over the last few months, most recently from our mayors summit on populism and Euroscepticism.

Over the next 12 – 18 months, EUROCITIES will continue contributing to the future of Europe debate via a campaign demonstrating how cities can contribute to rethink and remodel Europe.

The letter to European leaders highlights the following points that reflects the voices of city leaders:

  1. Europe’s cities need an EU that can deliver effective solutions to common challenges, such as climate, jobs, growth and security, which can only be dealt with at EU level.
  2. There is a wealth of experience and examples from our cities about how we listen to and engage our citizens in developing the solutions we need to tackle these challenges, which can also inspire the EU institutions.
  3. City leaders should actively work with us in ongoing open dialogue with the EU institutions about current and future challenges and how best to meet those together, such as through the EU urban agenda.

EUROCITIES president and Mayor of Ghent, Daniël Termont, recently shared a contribution in The Financial Times, based on the above points.

EU heads of state and government will be meeting in Rome tomorrow (25 march) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. The meeting will be used as an opportunity to reflect on the state of the union and to set out a joint vision for the future of Europe.

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