“We can only address populism and right-wing extremism through acts”
The role of women elected in the regional authorities in Europe was raised by the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou today, during her intervention in the work of the 33rd Meeting of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The Regional Governor of Attica underlined the prospects as well as the conditions of this role, noting that “there should be no automatism” and stressing that the quality of local democracy and social rights is a matter of specific policies.
Furthermore, in her intervention with regard to the issues of decentralisation and empowerment of the Regions (regionalisation), the Regional Governor of Attica underlined the need for local democracy to be deepened as a means of addressing Europe’s current deadlocks. Ms Rena Dourou also stressed the need for reliable answers at European, national and local level, responding to the expectations of citizens, particularly of young people, “especially in these critical times in which we are observing the resurgence of populism and extremism”. “In order to avoid the risk that our fight for decentralisation might strengthen the voices of extremism and radicalism”, Ms Rena Dourou emphasized. “For, we can only address populism and right-wing extremism through acts” stated the Regional Governor of Attica.
Finally, the Regional Governor of Attica, in her intervention in the Plenary Session of the Congress on the issues of tackling corruption in public procurement, observed that “it is a major challenge, yet its success relies on direct citizen involvement - rather than just on the involvement of some officials or public officers”. “The future of Europe depends on this, especially today that voices of intolerance thrive due to the absence of transparency and the lack of effectiveness in tackling corruption,” underlined the Regional Governor of Attica.