After speeches by Greek local and regional policymakers, the speakers concentrated on how to reconcile economic and social needs, in view of citizens’ demands for transparency and democracy.
The discussions highlighted the absence of a ‘turnkey’ solution. Some unavoidable principles were, however, identified with a view to providing the population with optimal services: efficiency, proximity, transparency and meeting public service needs, and also cooperation with businesses and service providers.
Two employees of the Regional Public Service of Brussels represented the Brussels-Capital Region at this meeting. Olivier Filot (Brussels local authorities) detailed the specific features of cooperation and innovation in Brussels. Paul-Henri Philips (Brussels International) explained the start and imminent end of the Agglomération bruxelloise, created in 1971.
New ideas were mentioned (in particular the use of information and communication technologies) and hopes were voiced. Without a doubt, this meeting will be followed by others in order to achieve specifically European ‘models’. Watch that space …