Local Intermediate Authorities (NUTS III) are the political and administrative embodiment of the principle of subsidiarity. Acutely aware of the growing divide between EU citizens and their governments, they have been at the forefront of the implementation of concrete initiatives aimed at empowering citizens in order to bridge this gap and can therefore serve as an inspiration for higher levels of governments and the EU.
Good practices that are replicable by potential attendees include:
Citizens Assembly, participatory budgets, transparency and open government initiatives, citizen-led initiatives backed by Local Intermediate Authorities, notably regarding the transition to a sustainable economy.
Nicolas Reynès, Coordinator, Partenalia, Belgium.
José Manuel Baltar Blanco, President, Partenalia - Deputación de Ourense, Belgium.
Pilar Diaz Romero, Deputy for International Relations - Mayor, Diputación de Barcelona - Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain.
Serge Hustache, President, Province du Hainaut - APW, Belgium.
Alexandrina Najmowicz, Director, European Civic Forum, France.
Jan Olbrycht, MEP, European Parliament, Poland.
André Viola, President - Member of the CoR French Delegation, CEPLI, Belgium.
CEPLI (European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities)
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