The Committee of the Regions of the EU this Friday asked for the bloc’s regional and local authorities to be taken into account when deciding how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, while calling for greater coordination and defending this border closure. “It is not the solution”.
After a meeting of the Office of the Committee of the Regions, the institution’s president, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, pointed out that during the second wave of the virus, central governments were “again restricting local and regional authorities” in order to “provide services”, protect lives and Save jobs. “
“Closing national borders is not the solution. Europe’s response must include concrete mechanisms for cooperation between cross-border regions in health care and other public services. If we are to act effectively for our employees and businesses, we must avoid bureaucratic silos or over-centralization. and promote more Europe-wide coordination, “added the Greek.
In a statement, the Committee of the Regions said that the institution’s office had raised issues such as the uncertainties that the pandemic posed not only about the resilience of the European project, but also about the effectiveness of its powers and decision-making processes brings in times of crisis.