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  • Resilient cities - 15.01.2019

    Improve resilience and inclusion in your city with AMARE-EU
    What does disaster risk reduction have to do with multiculturalism? More than you might think. Become a pilot city for the AMARE-EU project, and receive free assistance and mentoring to jointly improve resilience and inclusion in your city. Answer the call by 31 January 2019.
  • CEMR in mourning - 14.01.2019

    Local and regional Europe in mourning after the assassination of the mayor of Gdansk
    The Council of European Municipalities and Regions expresses its deepest sympathies after the deadly attack which cost Pawel Adamowicz’s life, who was mayor of Gdansk since 1998. Pawel Adamowicz spent his life defending freedom and democracy, and paid for his unfaltering commitment with his life. This horrific crime reminds us just how fragile our values can be in the context of a democracy which has been damaged by extremists, by the enemies of freedom and human rights.

    With Pawel Adamowicz’s death, all local and regional Europe is in mourning.”, stated CEMR President Stefano Bonaccini, who is also President of the region of Emilia Romagna. “In the name of all of Europe’s local leaders, I wish to extend my condolences to his family, to the citizens of Gdansk, to his friends and to his colleagues from the Association of polish cities and from the European Committee of the Regions where he had a seat since 2011. Nothing can ever justify violence against an elected representative in a democratic society. I call upon all authorities to express their solidarity with the polish people in this day of mourning.”

    CEMR and its global organisation, United Cities and Local Governments, join the tributes given in Brussels, Strasbourg and Poland, and call upon local governments and the European institutions to observe a minute’s silence in their next session.
  • Migration - 20.12.2018

    Join UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign
    UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign invites cities and local governments who are working to promote inclusion, support refugees and bring communities together to sign a statement of solidarity with refugees.
  • Governance - 22.11.2018

    #OurDay, a day for local government to come together
    On 20 November, with #OurDay, local government came together on social media to celebrate the people who keep our communities running. This social media marathon gives everyone who works or volunteers in local public services the chance to share their stories of how they improve the quality of life of residents. This yearly initiative was launched by the Local Government Association (United Kingdom).

    The French Mayors' Association (AMF) has launched a similar campaign, #MaCommuneJyTiens, to show all the work local governments do for their constituents.
  • Governance - 26.09.2018

    Suicide prevention: a guide for local governments
    Discover the guide on suicide prevention for local authorities, by the Local Government Association (UK).
  • CEMR staff - 16.07.2018

    Welcome to our new colleagues
    We would like to wish a warm welcome to Sébastien Leclef, the newest member of our team. He will be working on the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa as a Project Officer for Planning & Monitoring.

    We would also like to welcome Marine Gaudron, formerly Policy Officer for PLATFORMA, who is CEMR’s new Policy Officer for Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion. Her predecessor, Marlène Siméon, is now the director of PLATFORMA.
  • Smart cities - 14.05.2018

    Are you making the most of how smart your citizens are?
    CEMR and Smarticipate are organising a conference on smart cities and citizen participation on 29 May. Come over and discover the role digital tools can play in transforming local governance. See the programme for more details.
  • Future of Europe - 27.04.2018

    Sharing Europe: join us at the 70th anniversary of the Congress of the Hague
    The European Movement International and the City of The Hague are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the famous Congress of the Hague, which lay the foundations for European integration. They want to “recreate the spirit of 1948” 70 years later: on 24-25 May 2018. Our Vice-President, Roulers councillor Luc Martens will be representing us there as a thought leader. This future-oriented event is a great opportunity to exchange with citizen movements, businesses and local governments from across Europe.
  • European affairs - 16.04.2018

    EU policymaking: the time has come to make the role of cities official
    In a column in the Parliament magazine (an extensively read magazine in the European Parliament), CEMR Secretary General Frédéric Vallier took to the pen to explain why cities and local government associations should be formally and systematically involved in EU decision making.
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