Vasco CORDEIRO, President of Azores Government (PT) and of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), together with both Presidents of Eurocities and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), addressed a letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker, to highlight the active role that Regions have on migration.
The co-signed document stated “As President of the European Commission, (….) in your State of the Union address you made many references to the frontline role that towns, cities and regions have undertaken to cope with the emergency humanitarian situation which they face on a daily basis. (….). However, we regret that in the framework of the existing funding mechanisms at the EU level, there are insufficient targeted resources to properly address these challenges at the local and regional level.”
In the letter, Regions “call for a united, adequate and structural EU response to the refugee crisis, in line with the European values of solidarity and respect for human rights”, but “this can only work if Towns, Cities and Regions are directly involved in planning and implementing such policy and measures”.
This initiative follows an exchange of views organised in the European Parliament on 14 October 2015 by the three associations and the Regions of North Aegean (GR), Sicily (IT) and Calabria (IT).