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REGLEG is a political network for EU regions with legislative power. It comprises representatives of regional governments who work together on issues of common concern.
At present there are 73 EU regions with legislative power spread across 8 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and UK. Participation in REGLEG is open to any of these regions. REGLEG is sustained by the commitment and conviction of its members.
REGLEG is committed to raising the level of democratic participation from legislative regions in EU affairs. Members are committed to active participation in policy formation in accordance with the principles of subsidiarity. REGLEG campaigns to extend and improve the rights of legislative regions in respect of subsidiarity. REGLEG is committed to raise the visibility, awareness and understanding within the EU-institutions of the specific features of regions with legislative power.
In many cases regions with legislative power are responsible for transposing and implementing EU legislation in their regions. REGLEG believes that legislative regions should be directly involved in the legislative process and should be directly consulted by the Commission on new proposals.
REGLEG shares common ground on various issues with other European regions and is committed to maintaining open dialogue with other regional bodies. It is committed to strategic partnerships.
REGLEG believes that the Committee of the Regions should be a full institution of the EU and share responsibility for legislation.
Regional governments are closer to the citizen, and therefore to the effects of EU legislation, and so share responsibility for communication about Europe.
REGLEG believes in effective multi-level governance involving institutions, Member States and regions. It believes that regional governments can add to the legitimacy of European policy making.
How REGLEG Works
REGLEG is a political network and not a formal association. It is sustained by the commitment and conviction of its members. There are no membership fees.
Each calendar year REGLEG is led by a regional government acting as President. The REGLEG presidency will operate in team with the preceding and future Presidency. The duties of the Presidency are:
* To organise and manage the work of the Co-ordination Committee;
* To organise the annual conference of Presidents, normally during the autumn semester;
* To organise a succession arrangement for the REGLEG Presidency;
* To represent REGLEG externally in the European regional community.
The REGLEG Presidency will be elected by the Co-co in January of the year N-1.
The annual work programme of the REGLEG is taken forward by a Co-ordination Committee (Co-Co). The Co-Co is comprised of representatives from regions in every Member State that has legislative regions. Representatives should be able to speak for their governments and engage themselves to participate in a committed way to the work of the Co-Co. Co-Co meetings are convened by the Presidency at intervals of roughly 4- 6 weeks during the calendar year.
The Co-Co may provide a framework for information exchange, communication, policy formation and other related activities such as the organisation of conferences, developing policy ideas, drafting (minority) reports/statements and forming sub-groups on areas of specific interest to some or all its members.
REGLEG shares common issues with other parts of Europe’s regional community and maintains dialogue with other regional bodies. It currently has written MoU’s with the CoR and CALRE.
REGLEG holds an annual Conference of Presidents, hosted and chaired by the Presidency region. The conference:
* Aims to stimulate political dialogue between regional government representatives;
* It should be attended by Presidents (or equivalent) or the next most senior appropriate figure; representatives should be able to speak for their governments;
* Agrees a political declaration;
* Provides networking opportunities;
* Provides an opportunity to inter-act with senior European figures.