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RFSC - 30.09.2016newsletter.
Refugees and Migration - 20.09.2016
Among other priorities for local and regional governments, the Task Force also discussed the common European asylum policy, the integration of third country nationals, and the Urban Agenda.
At the meeting, representatives from the European Commission, the OECD and the city of Amsterdam were namely present.
e-Democracy - 08.09.2016
CEMR and the OLA network (Observatory on Local Autonomy) are calling for papers on the joint conference they are organising in Lille and Brussels in September 2017: "Democratic and Electronic Changes in Local Public Action in Europe: REvolution or E-volution?"
If you think you are up to the challenge, send your paper to Ms Line Salmon-Legagneur (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 19 September 2016. You can find the full version of the call with more details here. For further information, please contact CEMR Research and Studies Officer, Nathalie Noupadja: email@example.com.
Equality - 07.09.2016SALAR, was one of the first member associations to sign CEMR’s Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. They held a celebration yesterday for the 10th anniversary of the Charter.
The Charter has now has been signed by over 1,600 towns and regions in Europe – and over one hundred of those are in Sweden.
PLATFORMA - 07.09.2016English and French.
Access City Award 2017 - 05.09.2016Access City Award.
This European award is for cities that strive to guarantee equal access to fundamental rights and quality of city life to everyone – regardless of age, mobility or ability.
The first, second and third prize plus two special mentions (access to work and accessible smart cities) will be announced at the European Day of People with Disabilities Conference in Brussels on 29 November 2016
The deadline for applications is 8 September 2016.
See here for more information.
RFSC - 01.09.2016RFSC), Pedro Bizarro, was in Rotterdam from 24 to 26 September to take part in URBACT Summer University 2016.
The URBACT Summer University was an opportunity to connect with people working on urban matters all over Europe, and to see how RFSC can help URBACT projects, for example, in terms of integrated and sustainable urban development.
For more information, visit the URBACT Summer University website here.
Covenant of Mayors - 30.08.2016information event for city representatives on urban adaptation to climate change. “Supporting local climate solutions – Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in practice: adaptation in the spotlight” will take place on 12 October from 9 am to 1.30 pm, at the European Commission in Brussels.
What is urban adaptation exactly? How can local governments integrate adaptation and mitigation? What challenges lie ahead in terms of climate adaptation? All these questions and more will be addressed during the event.
Register for the event here.
Better regulation - 25.08.2016
Specifically, CIVEX, the Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs, has published a draft opinion on REFIT – the European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme, that aims to keep EU law simple and efficient.
Amendments can be submitted until 2 September.
Pierre Vander Auwera
Adviser – Communication
Tel. : + 32 2 500 05 41
Skype : pierre_vda
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