For those supporters of regional government who think that there is no European agenda then perhaps they can look at how the EuroRegions are planning to bypass our own elected Government in Westminster to deal directly with Brussels and other EuroRegions.
They are trying to ignore the elephant by putting a handkerchief on its head, whilst whistling with their fingers in their ears.
The document below produced by the Regional Development Agency ONE ( One North East ) GONE ( Government Office of the North East ) and NEA ( North East Assembly )
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A Regional European Action Plan For the North East of England
Excerpts from the paper...
"In order to compete in a Europe of the Regions, the North East needs to understand and influence the European agenda!"
"Promoting New Forms of Governance"
The region needs to play a more active part in influencing the policy making progress in order to help shape the future European policy and legislation, taking into account the needs and experiences of the North East. There are also clear linkages between governance, the role of regional bodies and the current debate on English devolution. The increased role given to Regional Assemblies to strengthen the regional accountability of Regional Development Agencies, and linkages to regional governance will be important factors in helping establish our distinct identity within a wider Europe of the regions.
"Priorities for Action"
- Influencing the European Policy Agenda
- Developing strategic alliances with other European regions
So, when the politicians and supporters of an elected regional assembly say that it has nothing to do with Brussels you can help them with their journey of enlightenment.
To further assist them you can direct them to The Consolidated Treaty Establishing the European Community Articles 263, 264, 265.