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COR AGREES PLANS FOR CRUCIAL SUMMIT IN AMSTERDAM

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Meeting in Dublin on Friday, the Bureau of the Committee of the Regions announced plans to organise a summit of the...
Meeting in Dublin on Friday, the Bureau of the Committee of the Regions announced plans to organise a summit of the regions and cities of Europe in Amsterdam which, according to the president of the Committee of the Regions Pasqual Maragall, will give them a 'powerful voice in the European Union.'

The gathering, which will bring together presidents of European regions and mayors from the cities of Europe, will send an important message to the IGC, illustrating the democratic legitimacy of local and regional government, one month before the IGC is due to complete its own summit.

'The success of the IGC will depend on its ability to bring Europe closer to its citizens, a recurring theme of the Committee of the Regions,' declared Pasquall Maragall. 'Public opinion will reject the conclusions of the IGC should this demand not be met.'

Edmund Stoiber, minister president of Bavaria and Fernando Gomez, mayor of Porto, will act as joint rapporteurs for the summit on behalf of the CoR.

During its bureau meeting in Dublin, representatives heard from Ruairri Quinn, the Irish minister for finance and Monika Wulf-Mathies, European commissioner for regional policy. The latter commented on the state of inter-institutional relations between the European Commission and the CoR.
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