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EC REGIONS MUST ENSURE TOP GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT SAYS LGIB CHIEF

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The European Committee of the Regions must ensure government participation of the highest level to maximise the ben...
The European Committee of the Regions must ensure government participation of the highest level to maximise the benefits for local government, advised Paul Bongers of the Local Government International Bureau today.

The workload should be controlled so that not only backbenchers could participate, he said.

Speaking a the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Values conference in Torquay, Mr Bongers warned that the committee - nominations for which are currently under government discussion - will not be 'a dynamic or flexible structure'.

The UK could expect to have only two to three members at meeting who would need to be furnished with the best advice, Mr Bongers said, and strong feedback arrangements would have to be implemented.
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