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  • CITYnvest - 24.05.2016

    Italian towns and regions are invited to the next seminar on energy efficiency renovation in public buildings
    CITYnvest is inviting Italian local and regional governments and stakeholders to a seminar to discuss innovative financing instruments for energy efficiency renovations in public buildings.

    The seminar will take place in Milan, Italy, on Wednesday 25 May 2016 and aims to deepen knowledge through inspiring case studies from Italy and around Europe, identify barriers and how to overcome them, and encourage partnership building.

    For further information, please contact Agnieszka Pietruczuk, CITYnvest Project Officer for CEMR.
  • Media - 17.05.2016

    BBC invests in local news
    The BBC has decided to fund 150 local news journalists. Starting in 2017, these journalists will be employed by news organisations around the UK to cover local governments and public services.

    This initiative is an example of how the importance of local governments is increasingly being recognised.
  • Regions - 17.05.2016

    Urban agenda, migration: European Commission for regional policy listened to local governments
    We should review the way how the principle of governance in partnership worked in the management of the refugee crisis as well as the access of towns and regions to European funds,” said CEMR Policy Officer - Governance and Citizenship, Carlos Mascarell, during the meeting organised by the Commissioner for regional affairs, Corina Creţu, with representatives from regional offices in Brussels. 

    During the meeting participants addressed four topics of importance for local government and in which CEMR is strongly involved: migration, the EU Urban Agenda, the simplification for beneficiaries of EU funds and the future of Cohesion Policy.

    recording of the session is available online.
  • CITYnvest - 13.05.2016

    Innovative financing models: CITYnvest seminar in Lithuania
    CITYnvest is inviting Lithuanian local and regional governments and stakeholders to a seminar to discuss innovative financing instruments for energy efficiency renovations in buildings.

    The seminar will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 17 May 2016 and aims to raise awareness, demonstrate inspiring case studies, brainstorm with participants and encourage partnership building.

    For further information, please contact Agnieszka Pietruczuk.
  • ​Civil service - 12.05.2016

    Launch of an online platform to promote international mobility
    Are you a territorial civil servant? Have you ever dreamt about participating in a mobility programme either in Europe or abroad?

    If your answer is yes, then there is a new website available for you. Launched by the National Institute for Territorial Studies in France, the online platform gathers news, articles, videos and further visual material explaining the different possibilities as well as the assets of international mobility. 

    The online platform is only available in French.
  • Emperor Maximilian prize - 11.05.2016

    Emperor Maximilian prize awarded to Anders Knape
    This year, the Emperor-Maximilian-Prize 2016 winner is Mr Anders Knape, Committee of the Regions Vice-President, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress of the Council of Europe, Vice-President of SALAR and CEMR Executive President.
    For any further information, please contact Ms Cornelia Koessler:
  • Recruitment - 11.05.2016

    Job offer for ​Junior project officer
    As PLATFORMA's junior project officer you will be working with dedicated and enthusiastic colleagues for whom town to town development cooperation is the more efficient way to reach the world’s sustainable development goals.

    The position would be available from 1 July 2016.

    The deadline to apply is 31 May 2016.
  • Local elections - 09.05.2016

    Mayoral elections in London
    On Thursday 5 May, the 2016 London mayoral election took place. The election was won by the Labour candidate, Sadiq Khan, with 56.9% of the votes in the second round.

    The next elections will be held in 2020.
  • PLATFORMA - 04.05.2016

    Habitat III, refugee crisis, CEMR Congress: PLATFORMA newsletter is online
    The newsletter covering activities in April is available in English and French.


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