General Rapporteur on Local and Regional Authorities at Congress event on “Successful territorial reform”

Luís Leite Ramos (Portugal, EPP/CD), General Rapporteur on Local and Regional Authorities, represented the Assembly at the opening of a conference organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities today in Eupen (Belgium).

At this event, a large panel of governmental and parliamentary officials, representatives of local and regional authorities and academic experts explored the challenges and success factors of sub-national territorial reforms aimed at responding to the most recent economic crisis and at consolidating local and regional democratic governance.

In his capacity as rapporteur on "The role of national authorities in successful decentralisation processes" - an activity that was recently launched by the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development - Luís Leite Ramos will be exploring the ways in which national parliaments could facilitate territorial reforms, in order to prepare specific recommendations to national parliaments and governments.