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Governance - 20.02.2018report on the role of cities in the EU’s institutional framework. The document states that CEMR should become a permanent consultant of EU policies. The report should be adopted in the Committee in June, and in plenary in September. To be continued...
Innovation - 14.02.2018Smart Villages Portal available in six languages to explore new ways to revitalise rural services through social and digital innovation.
Human rights - 12.02.2018guidelines to help municipalities eradicate such exploitation.
CITYnvest - 09.02.2018report (photos, support documents, and summary included).
International - 08.02.2018World Water Forum, our global organisation UCLG is co-organising the “International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities on Water” on 20-21 March in Brasilia. You can register for the Forum until 28 February.
Healthcare - 07.02.2018workshop on “Taking up the digital shift in healthcare” on 26 February in Brussels.
Twinning - 06.02.2018town twinning between local governments in the EU and in Turkey. An information meeting will take place on 8 February in Brussels.
Cohesion policy - 31.01.2018KEDE), Giorgios Patoulis, joined the Cohesion Alliance in the presence of the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Karl Heinz Lambertz.
The Cohesion Alliance (#CohesionAlliance) is a coalition of those who believe that EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU's future. The Alliance was created through cooperation between the leading European associations of towns, cities and regions, including CEMR, and the CoR.
EU affairs - 17.01.2018official address to the European Parliament on 17 January, the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, spoke up for devolution. He stated: "The Europe of the future, I believe, must (...) where appopriate, devolve some powers back to member states, municipalities and regions". He then added: "I also support the Subsidiarity and Proportionality Taskforce. It is interesting that, on many matters, US states and Canadian provinces, even counties and municipalities, have greater autonomy and greater variation among them than EU member states currently have. Do we have the balance right? And does everything have to be harmonised and standardised?"
Pierre Vander Auwera
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