Shaping future EU policy: 10th Self-Government
The Self-Government Forum was held for the tenth time in Kolobrzeg on June 2nd and 3rd, 2014. The aim of this annual forum is the exchange of valuable experiences and opinions amongst representatives of government administration, regional governments, as well as the scientific and business communities on the subject of the effectiveness of regional government structures, development opportunities and the strengthening of international regional government cooperation.
This year’s two-day Forum, comprising a plenary session and several panel discussions, focused on “10 years of Polish self-government in the European Union” and included consideration not only of the achievements, successes, and opportunities, but also the challenges of the past as well as the future, resulting from Poland’s membership of the European Union. The discussions and deliberations included the following subjects:
- The effects of EU membership – towards a Europe of regions
- Self-government in Europe. The place and the role of European self-government in shaping future EU policy
- Europe of the Regions and its finances
Organised by Marshal’s Office of the West Pomeranian Region in Szczecin, delegates included representatives of the Government of the Republic of Poland, the European Parliament, regional governments and the most important Polish academic centres as well as representatives of European Union member states from the Baltic Sea basin and Eastern Europe representatives. Guests of Honour included Stanislaw Gawloski, PhD Secretary of State for the Environment Ministry and Staffan Herrström, Swedish Ambassador to Poland.
The Institute was represented at the Forum by Professor Braun, Pawel Warszycki and Justin Sismey. Professor Braun was invited onto Panel II which considered the question of “Regional government in Europe. The place and role of European regional governments (regional governments’ participation) in shaping future EU policy” where the following issues were discussed:
- The most important challenges for the EU regional policy. Indispensable revision’s course. Does the EU need to be reformed?
- The EU budget – the most significant challenges for Europe to face. What does it mean for the regions? The development of regional governments facing financial limitations
- The role of regional governments in Poland after 2020.
As well as formal panel discussions, and plenary sessions participants had excellent opportunities to network and establish contact with local, regional and European wide representatives from various initiatives as well as from mainly public sector institutions and organisations.