Local and regional EU leaders organized last week a debate with the European Commission's President, José Manuel Barroso, highlighting the need for a better coordination of Member States' economic policies and the role of the new EU Cohesion policy in helping regain citizens' confidence in Europe.

As Mercedes Bresso, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) stated: "As members of the European institutions we have the duty to respond to the citizens' lack of confidence toward...

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