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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on giving a new impetus to the process of decentralisation in the Member States

Ivan Jakovčić, Jozo Radoš

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on giving a new impetus to the process of decentralisation in the Member States  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas decentralisation plays an essential role in making public services more responsive to local needs, promoting an accountable exercise of power and building trust in public authorities;

B.  whereas the principle of subsidiarity, laid down in the Treaty on European Union, aims to ensure that powers are exercised as close to the citizen as possible;

C.  whereas the process of decentralisation is stalling or being reversed in some Member States; whereas a high level of political polarisation in some Member States has also created substantial obstacles to such reforms;

1.  Calls on the Member States to reinforce their support of decentralisation through their laws, policies and practices;  

2.  Urges the Member States to support consultations on decentralisation issues, bringing together associations of local and regional authorities, non-governmental organisations and citizens;

3.  Encourages the Member States to strengthen the regulatory framework for ensuring the financial stability of local and regional authorities and a fair distribution of public financial resources between the different tiers of government;

4.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.


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