The president of the Parliament of the Canary Islands and the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies, Gustavo Matos, today opted to “take advantage of the good practices of the Committee of the Regions” to advance the participation of parliaments in the decision making process of the European Union.

Matos chaired this Friday the First Standing Committee of CALRE 2020, held in the Canary Islands for the first time, something that, he said, “is especially important for the opportunity it represents.” Before a wide representation of presidents of parliaments and assemblies of Europe and with the presence of the president of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, and of the presidency of the Senate, Pilar Llop, Matos stressed that this presidency “opens a series of doors and strategic channels so that the issues under debate are resolved favorably for the archipelago. ”

He indicated that CALRE and the Committee of the Regions are working on a project aimed at making the EU regional parliaments “representing 200 million inhabitants” have a greater capacity to participate in EU decision-making. “Until this has not been the case now, the mechanisms have proved insufficient and we are trying, together with the Committee of the Regions, to close a joint action formula so that they can be taken into account from the outset.