In my work as CALRE President I have always been particularly and consistently committed to strengthening the quality of the contribution of the European Regional Parliaments towards the European institutions, because I firmly believe that the quality of the representation of regional interests is strongly linked to a positive and constructive outcome in the way citizens relate to institutions. It is necessary not only to make the EU closer to the citizens, but also to make citizens as close to the EU as we can. And to achieve this regional and local dimension shall be given a central role in EU policy making and in the construction of a European Union able to communicate with the Europeans.
The participation of the Regional Parliaments in the European dialogue represents indeed a necessary starting point to strengthen the European Union, giving it a greater democratic legitimacy and defining a way to overcome the European citizens’ perception of a democratic deficit and their distance towards European institutions. We need to fill the confidence gap we all perceive and go back to breed our ideal passion for building the Europe of regions as a common European home. It is essential that we do not lose sight of the original vision of the European Union as the Union of peoples and territories, which share a comprehensive synergy, which need a balanced and integrated development, which are united in their diversities on the basis of the principles of cooperation, solidarity, simplification, proportionality, subsidiarity and better regulation.
Even if my days as President of this unique Association of Legislative Assemblies are nearly through, my days of service are not: in the years ahead, and especially in the next year as vice President, in a spirit of true collaboration with all CALRE members and CALRE newly elected President, I commit myself to continuing to give a strong contribution to the achievement of the goals of our Conference by putting forth my best efforts to meet the challenges that await us in the future.
With thanks and appreciation.