The role of local and regional authorities in achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy

The CoR has recently isued an Opinion on The role of local and regional authorities in achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. in this document, the CoR “draws attention to its firm commitment to its proposal to establish a ‘Territorial Pact of Regional and Local Authorities for the Europe 2020 Strategy’ with the aim of ensuring multi-level ownership of the strategy through effective partnership between the relevant bodies of the European Union, and national, regional and local public authorities. This proposal is supported by the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council Territorial Pacts should focus on a few tailor-made priorities which have a special value for the region concerned”.
In a direct call to local and regional entites, the CoR “calls for pioneering regions to form European consortiums integrating different capabilities to create ground-breaking societal innovations for Europe-wide use. Through its various actors, each region can become a pioneer focusing on its own needs and strengths” and “encourages the regions to move towards open innovation, within a human-centred vision of partnerships
between public and private sector actors, with universities and other knowledge institutions playing a crucial role, i.e. to modernise the Triple Helix concept”.

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