Urban policy: the EU does not need a new representative institution
European liberals and democrats naturally support urban policy. Our cities host the vast majority of the European population; they are the central place of culture and socialization within the EU and where the citizen debate is first expressed. However, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe abstained this morning, during the plenary vote of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on the report by Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski on the role of cities in Europe within the institutional framework of the Union.
Maite PAGAZAURTUNDÚA RUIZ (UPyD, Spain), ALDE spokesperson on the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) for this file, explained: "One of the most important issues facing the European institutions is the gap between citizens and the union. In this regard, we have been diligent and efficient in our efforts to communicate with 500 million Europeans. Our vision of diligence and efficiency is not to come up with new redundant mechanisms, but to use the institutions that already exist to their full potential, such as the Committee of the Regions. That is what we continue to defend to make the cities, and the citizens, closer and more aware of what Europe represents to them, and they represent for Europe."