Europe stands at a historical crossroads: in the forthcoming European elections, citizens will have the choice between shaping a bright future together or remaining stuck in anger and a backwards orientation. If we stand together now, our Europe will have a better future. This is the moment to send a strong signal for a bottom-up, united and value-based Europe, closer to its people, listening to their concerns, protecting them on the ground and delivering solutions to their daily lives.
Since the launch of the EPP Grassroots Engagement towards the EU elections hosted by the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova in March 2018 with Prime Minister Boris Borissov, EPP President Joseph Daul and EPP-CoR President Michael Schneider, EPP leaders at local, regional, national and EU levels have been collecting citizens’ feedback and listening to their hopes and concerns for the future of the European Union at numerous of EPP Local Dialogues across Europe.
The EPP Grassroots Engagement continued in Lower Austria in December, sending a message of “Strong regions for a stronger Europe” at a high-level debate between EPP Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber and Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of Austria, hosted by Governor Johanna Mikl Leitner, member of EPP-CoR.
On 16 March, the Summit of EPP Regional and Local Leaders in Bucharest, adopted the EPP Regional and Local Manifesto in view of the EU elections in the presence of the EPP Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber, President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, President of PNL Ludovic Orban and more than 4000 mayors and regional leaders from Europe.
Strong cities and regions are the foundation of our common European Union. With strong cohesion and agriculture policies, we can bring innovation to rural communities and ensure higher living standards for our citizens as clearly stated in the EPP Manifesto in view of 2019 EU elections.