In this increasingly connected world - culturally, politically and technologically citizens active involvement in their communities is becoming more and more prevalent.
Municipalities, cities and regions are recognised as the closest level of government to the communities. By their very nature, local government have the potential to pave the way for stronger participation of citizens in society, better integration and greater equality.
It is in this context, in which citizens seem to show growing disconnect with the European project, that I invite you to our conference titled "Citizen in my city - Citizen in Europe". Come and join over 300 mayors, leaders and representatives of civil society organisations for an inspiring two-day conference in the eternal city of Rome.
Mayor of Almere, VNG President