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  • Smart Cities - 22.11.2016

    Citizen Engagement for Inclusive Smart Cities – keynote speech by CEMR secretary general
    Is the engagement of citizens the key to achieving inclusive and smart cities? A conference on the matter is taking place on 23 November in Brussels, where CEMR secretary general, Frédéric Vallier, will be a keynote speaker. He will be speaking at the panel discussion on “Involving citizens from consultation to empowerment”.

    Organised by EIP-SCC, ICLEI and ERRIN, this conference will take place at the Dutch Permanent Representation in Brussels.
  • Circular economy - 22.11.2016

    European Week for Waste Reduction: local governments' 6 proposals
    This week is a very important week for our towns and regions’ environment: it is the European Week for Waste Reduction (#EWWR2016).

    Back in June, CEMR, EUROCITIES and Municipal Waste Europe addressed the European Parliament so that they would take towns and regions’ needs into account for the future directive on waste and landfill. We put forth 6 proposals for better local waste management in Europe. Now, we are using this week as an opportunity to share our messages once more.
    1. Broaden the definition of municipal waste to make the implementation of waste policies easier
    2. Partnerships between waste producers and local governments need to make clear that all waste costs are covered (and not just “optimised costs”, like the current directives says)
    3. To target other sectors than municipal waste in EU waste legislation, since 90% of waste in Europe is not municipal!
    4. Increase funding availability for towns and cities
    5. Create knowledge platforms to enable the exchange of best practices for a transition towards a circular economy
    6. Set up waste prevention measures
  • COP22 - 16.11.2016

    How to finance local actions: Get the answers during our event on 17 November
    Most of the investments to implement climate actions will be undertaken by towns and regions, but they often lack the necessary financial means.  
    On 17 November, CEMR, PLATFORMA and further partners including UCLG, are organising a session to discuss opportunities for funding for local government while involving other stakeholders (civil society, research, etc.).
    Follow the event live online from 16h45 to 18h15 (Brussels time 17h45-19h15).
    Speakers will include:
    • Mohammed Sadiki, Mayor of Rabat
    • Wael Hmaidan, Director of CAN-International Secretariat
    • Claire Charbit, Deputy Head of the Regional Development Policy Division of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
    • Pierre Ducret, I4CE President and Special Advisor for climate change, Caisse des Dépôts Group
    • André Pouilles, Directeur du Département des Appuis Transversaux, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
    • Frédéric Vallier, CEMR secretary general
  • Local Autonomy - 07.11.2016

    Regionalisation, cooperation, metropolitanisation: OLA’s conference newsletter is out
    Interested in regionalisation, metropolitanisation or intermunicipal cooperation? Discover the main findings of the conference organised by OLA, the Observatory for Local Autonomy, on these issues.

    The conference, coorganised by CEMR, took place from 30 June to 2 July 2016. The findings of the conference are available in the newsletter in English and in French.
  • CEMR presidency - 05.11.2016

    President De la Serna joins Spanish government
    The mayor of Santander and CEMR president, Iñigo De la Serna, has joined the Spanish government as Minister for Public Works and Transport. He was nominated on 4 November 2016.

    Who will be the next CEMR President? She or he will be elected in Maastricht on 12 December 2016 by the CEMR Policy Committee, which is made up of over 170 local and regional elected representatives, nominated by national member associations and national sections of CEMR.

    We wish Mr De la Serna great success in his new mission as Minister for Public Works and Transport; a field in which local and regional governments’ implication is of the utmost importance.
  • World Mayor 2016 - 27.10.2016

    15 refugee-friendly mayors shortlisted for World Mayor Prize
    The names of the 15 nominees shortlisted for the 2016 World Mayor Prize have now been made public. These are 15 mayors who, with their communities, “have made exceptional efforts to welcome refugees and integrate migrants.”

    Want to have your say on who will be the next World Mayor Prize winner? You can express your support to the mayor of your choice until the middle of December 2016, and the winner will be announced by the end of January 2017.
  • Habitat III - 26.10.2016

    CEMR secretary general reacts to the adoption of the New Urban Agenda
    The New Urban Agenda was adopted during Habitat III in Quito.

    CEMR secretary general Frédéric Vallier made a statement on this topic: "the journey towards the adoption of the global New Urban Agenda ended with the adoption of a text that respects the main positions held by local governments and their associations*. For this reason, CEMR is proud to have represented European towns and regions in these negociations."

    Concerning the implementation of the global agenda, Frédéric Vallier pointed out the need to continue in the same direction:

    "The implementation of the proposals included in the text will have to be done in partnership with all spheres of governance, from the local to the global level. CEMR will be paying attention that towns and regions' needs are taken into account. PLATFORMA, for its part, will be an essential tool to offer cooperation programmes aiming to guarantee the success of this agenda everywhere in the world."
  • European Green Capital - 11.10.2016

    Good Practices in sustainable urban planning: new report
    With climate change’s consequences becoming increasingly present in the media and current events; towns and cities are becoming more aware of the need for sustainable urban policies.

    It’s one thing to see the policy on paper, but what does it look like on the ground? European Green Capital and European Green Leaf have published their Good Practices report, with a great number of examples from European cities implementing sustainable urban planning.

    From energy coaching to tap water promotion, find inspiration from great sustainable urban planning projects all around Europe here.
  • CITYnvest - 05.10.2016

    From energy efficiency to urban development funds: CITYnvest’s newsletter is out
    Did you know that renovations in public buildings were a great way to improve energy efficiency? CITYnvest knows how that can be financed. Read all about it and more in CITYnvest’s newsletter.


Pierre Vander Auwera
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