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🇪🇺🇮🇪 Day 2 of June Plenary 🇮🇪🇪🇺

Day 2 of the CoR’s June plenary kicks off with a debate on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

A debate which features a guest statement from MEP Ciaran Cuffe (@CiaranCuffe)

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy (@cllrkmac) speaks in support of the EU Enlargement Package calling it “an endorsement of the values we hold dear. Values if peace, co-operation and support”

🇪🇺 June Plenary 🇪🇺
A huge couple of days here in Brussels for the Irish European Committee of the Regions delegation.

Highlights include:
🗳 Election of a new President of the Committee of the Regions
🖥 Improving Working Conditions for Online Work
🇪🇺 EU Enlargement Package 2021

The assemblies are now being briefed by Noirin Ní Earcain on the potential for smart cities and the power of harnessing data for better city planning 🏙

Delighted to host Ireland’s three regional assemblies @EMRAssembly, @NWAssembly, @SouthernAssembl in the Berlaymont this morning.

They’ll be getting briefings on the Commission’s work as well as:
👩🏼‍💻 Technologies for Smart Communities
🔋EU Energy Policy
🇮🇪🤝🇪🇺EU Cohesion Policy

On behalf of the Irish Delegation @EU_CoR we thank @CoR_President for visiting Ireland this week and go raith maith agat to all who organised and participated in our events.

Thank you to @CoR_President for visiting Ireland over recent days. So many highlights, in particular our visit to the CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE @tcddublin where we met Provost @LindaDoyle - seeing the extraordinary @TLRHub and of course our viewing of the @BookOfKellsTCD

Inspiring local dialogue with young people organised by @EU_CoR & @emireland.

The young generation is a political priority for our Committee.

I invite young people to get involved in their communities & in elections.

The future is in your hands, let no others decide for you!

Diandra Ni Bhuachalla calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16. @DiandraNiB @EU_CoR @emireland #youthanddemocracy

Thomas Matthew speaking now on the importance of young people having their say in policy development #youthtest @EU_CoR @Youth_Forum @CoR_President

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The European Union adopts legislation in a number of areas that have a direct impact on Member States and on local and regional authorities.

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Established in 1994, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) is an EU advisory body composed of 350 local and regional elected representatives.

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