The European Union of the future must strictly adhere to the principle of subsidiarity in order to bridge the gap between citizens and the Union: Michael Schneider underlined today at the 8th Subsidiarity Conference in Hofburg, Vienna. He added that “maintaining this principle allows us to make decisions as close to the citizen as possible and at the most appropriate level to achieve our political goals“. The EPP Group President was speaking in his capacity as the Chair of the European Committee of the Regions Subsidiarity Steering Group at the event, which was jointly organised by the European Committee of the Regions and the Austrian Bundesrat.
Just weeks after President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the establishment of the Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and “Doing Less More Efficiently”, where the CoR will have three seats, the EPP Group President noted that this is a logical step towards the objective of taking greater account of the subsidiarity principle in Europe.
We should clearly emphasize that the principle of subsidiarity should not only be applied in one direction i.e. to transfer responsibilities back to the Member States. This same principle of subsidiarity may also be the reason for delegating responsibilities to the EU, if a given action at EU level shows both clear European and economic added value through impact assessment. Strengthening the Impact Assessments and also highlighting the territorial impact is a prioritiy for the CoR, as the EU’s representative of local and regional authorities.
The EPP Group’s work within the Task Force will enable it to contribute to the further evolution of the European Union in the context of the Commission’s Road Map for a more united, stronger and more democratic Union. The Road Map will be completed in time before the European Parliament elections at a Leaders’ meeting in Sibiu (Romania) on 9 May 2019.