Conference: 20 years of the EU Committee of the Regions and the Congress
27 February 2014 - Innsbruck, Austria
Herwig van Staa : ''We must work to embed a culture of decentralised democracy in European governance''
''We must continue to reassert ourselves as equal partners of national governments in an emergent system of multi-level governance,'' stated Herwig van Staa? Congress President. ''Our future depends on the capacity of our two assemblies to lead in this action."
Andreas Kiefer : ''20 years on, we need visionary politicians to lead us forward''
''The challenge now is to put into practice the legal framework established over the past two decades,'' said Andreas Kiefer, Congress Secretary General, adding the we cannot respond to today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions and with theory alone. “We must go beyond mere standard-setting and political declarations. We need concrete follow-up action to be successful.''