Prime Minister Janez Janša today attended a plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions via video conference. The discussion focused on the main current topics and issues encountered during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
In particular, the Prime Minister stressed the measures for recovery and building resilience, both in the fight against the epidemic and in the adoption and implementation of national recovery and resilience plans, activities related to green and digital transition, efforts to build strategic autonomy in key areas, and the Conference on the Future of Europe. Asked how to bring the EU closer to the people, the Prime Minister stressed the need to respect subsidiarity and to take into account the fact that EU member states are representative democracies.
To strengthen confidence in the European project, citizens must truly experience the EU as a space for cooperation and an area in which we can learn from each other, said Janez Janša, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia
In terms of subsidiarity, greater involvement of local and regional levels is needed, and the Committee of the Regions needs to rely even more on this process. It is necessary to apply the escalation of the level of political competencies and responsibilities for resolving common issues, taking more account of the bottom-up principle, ie from the local and regional political level through the national to the common, EU, level. It is also necessary to consider more consistently the difference between representation by elected representatives of power and other representatives of different interests.
The legitimacy of representation, their powers and responsibilities are higher than those of unelected representatives with different partial interests. To strengthen trust in the European project, citizens must truly experience the EU as a space for cooperation, an area in which people can learn from each other about the most effective solutions and focus on problems that cannot be effectively addressed at local, regional or national level.
The Prime Minister also stressed the issue of EU enlargement and the achievements of the recent summit of the EU and the Western Balkan partners, which include a greater focus on the strategic aspect of enlargement and the agreement on regular annual summits.ibna