Austria took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2018 in a time of great challenges in Europe and beyond. It has chosen “A Europe that protects” as its Presidency motto in order to bring the Union closer to its citizens. In this context and in the light of the ongoing debate on the future of the European Union, it organised this Conference on “Subsidiarity as a building principle of the European Union” on 15 and 16 November 2018 in Bregenz. The conference brought together high-level representatives of the EU’s institutions, the Member States, national Parliaments, local and regional authorities and regional legislative assemblies as well as experts. The conference aimed at contributing to a more effective application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality in the EU’s policymaking and responded to the recommendations presented by the Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and “Doing Less, More Efficiently” established by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and chaired by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans as well as the subsequent Communication of the European Commission “The principles of subsidiarity and proportionality: Strengthening their role in the EU’s policymaking“ tabled on 23 October 2018.
The full text of the Declaration by the Chair can be found in the file below.