European regions this Saturday warned the heads of state and government of the European Union of the need for strong cohesion policy as an “essential” pillar of the recovery plan they are discussing to get out of the Coronavirus crisis. They have the work of local authorities ” at the forefront “to contain the pandemic.
“The virus has reaffirmed our values of solidarity and cohesion, which have been and should remain the backbone of our response and recovery,” said Apostolos Tzitzikostas, President of the Committee of the Regions of the EU (CoR), in a debate on the role of regions and communities organized by this body to commemorate Europe Day.
The Greek politician has warned that the key to overcoming the Covid 19 crisis, saving lives and protecting communities and economies is cooperation between EU partners “and not through unnecessary nationalism and self-interest”. To do this, Europe needs a “strong cohesion policy” and local actors and partners are involved in recovery plans.