SIC political leader Gary Robinson is among European regional and local leaders who are to meet in Brussels to discuss priorities for a €315 billion fund today and tomorrow.
The European Fund for Strategic Investment is among the topics to be chewed along with how best to manage the increasing numbers of migrants into Europe; and discussing the European Commission’s new guidelines on employment.
Members of the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR), including Mr Robinson, will debate the EU’s priorities and how to make the most of the €315bn investment package with the European Commission’s President, Jean-Claude Juncker.
Mr Robinson said: “There’s an exciting agenda for this meeting, with EU President Jean-Claude Juncker attending to spell out how €315bn will be invested across all the member states under his Juncker Plan.
He added: “Of particular local interest will be Hermann Kuhn from Bremen’s report entitled Better Protecting the Marine Environment where I intend to highlight the good work that has been done through Shetland’s marine spatial plan.”
“I also hope to support the European Agenda on Migration which aims to address the harrowing scenes witnessed in the Mediterranean in recent times.”
During the meeting, the CoR will adopt its priorities for 2015-2020, focusing on job creation, sustainable growth and tackling unemployment locally. Making the most of cohesion funds and the recently launched EU Investment Plan, as well as making EU legislation work for citizens, are considered vital to drive local and regional economies.
The CoR will also debate its position on how best to manage the increasing numbers of migrants into Europe; and discuss the European Commission’s new guidelines on employment.