On 30th March , UDITE President Paul Gatt made a study visit to
Brussels to meet several institutions and partners. Paul was
accompanied by Ronny Frederickx (Executive Director), Jack Kruf
(President PRIMO Europe) and Simon Pascoe (UDITE Brussels representative).
He was a guest at the Annual Meeting of the Brussels Federation of
City Secretaries (Fédération Bruxelloise des Secrétaires Communaux)
where he presented the activities of UDITE.
In the morning a meeting took place with Carol Thomas, Advisor on
Governance and International Relations at the Council of European Municipalities and
Regions to discuss the recent publication on Public Services (see
article below), work ongoing on the Sustainable
Development Goals and preparations for the CEMR congress that
takes place in Austria in 2020.
Paul went on to meet with Thomas Wobben, Director at the European
Committee of the Regions where Thomas discussed UDITE's involvement
in the European
Week of Regions and Cities and the the Regional
Joanna Drake, Deputy Director General of DG Environment in the
European Commission later met with Paul and colleagues to discuss Green Week 2019 and the theme
of good implementation of environment legislation and the TAIEX
Peer 2 Peer review funding.
He closed the day, meeting business partner Veolia’s director David
Berman and KPMG Brussels representative Mercedes Sanchez Varela to
explore new partnerships.
UDITE will continue to engage with the European institutions and
local and regional partners in Brussels in order to raise it its
profile at the European level at this important time for the European
Union with all the changes that new Commission, European Parliament
may bring that have a significant policy and funding impact on the
local and regional level. In particular, the recent publication of the
Commissions recommendations 2019-2024 are particularly important
in this regard.