Asked in an interview with the September issue of Regions & Cities of Europe (the newsletter of the Committee of the Regions), what role local and regional authorities could play in the changeover from national currencies to a single currency. he said:
'In common with other public administrations, regional and local authorities will need to consider the implications of the transition to the euro for their own operation, for example affecting grants and taxes, payments, computer systems, staff salaries and training.
'By leading the way, local and regional authorities could have a mobilising effect on companies and individuals operating in their areas. Remember that it will be the first who are ready for the euro who will be the first to reap its benefits.'
'The information campaign on the euro should be implemented as close as possible to the citizen, on a fully decentralised basis. This means an important role for the regions and municipalities of the union.'