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Newsletter - April 2017

Local & regional governments'
view of European Affairs

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Future of Cohesion Policy

Commissioner Katainen: “The future of cohesion policy is in your hands”

We, local and regional governments, call for an ambitious cohesion policy supported by adequate financial means to address the territorial challenges of the future.” This is the message CEMR Vice-President, Petr Kulhánek, mayor of Karlovy Vary (CZ), addressed to European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, during our debate on the future of cohesion policy on 28 March. 
The debate, “Paving the way for a more territorial cohesion policy after 2020”, took place in Brussels, at the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) on 28 March 2017.
This debate, reflecting on the future of cohesion policy, comes at a key point in time, as the EU has just celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, and its achievements in the last 60 years. It is also the right moment to reflect upon the future of the EU and of cohesion policy after 2020.

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Committee of the Regions

A new era of cooperation between the CEMR and the CoR

The CEMR and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding between. The two parties commit to join forces for local democracy.

The agreement also includes a reference to decentralised cooperation in candidate, neighbouring and partner countries. CoR President Markku Markkula expressed: “CEMR and the CoR play a strong role in the same place towards Europe.Our collaboration to build the future of Europe is crucial.”

The agreement was signed during the debate on “Local and regional governments and the EU: partners to promote democracy and global development”, organised alongside CEMR Executive Bureau meeting, which took place in Rome on 24 March 2017.

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Commissioner Crețu and CEMR join forces to strengthen women’s participation in local life

Europe for citizens programme

CEMR applauds Parliament’s call to invest €1 per citizen

Circular economy

A circular economy at the local level goes hand in hand with adequate access to EU funds

​Future of Europe

CEMR secretary general reacts to White Paper on Future of Europe


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Local public investments

Dominique Riquet: “The EU must encourage member states not to add unnecessary administrative or normative layers”

Interview with Dominique Riquet, MEP and President of the intergroup on Long-term investment and reindustrialisation in Europe.

You used to be a mayor and you know local government. In your opinion, what are the main challenges that towns and cities face today?

Local governments have to provide their population with attractive public services and adequate solutions in terms of employment and housing, in the best possible conditions. But this is all done in the context of a crisis, with important consequences on towns and cities’ capacities, such as a reduction of direct revenue and state-allocated funds. In a nutshell, you could say that more and more funds are needed, but less and less resources are available

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Gender equality

Ibón Uribe: “Equality must be at the heart of political agendas”

Interview with the Mayor of Galdakao, President of the CEMR Standing Committee for Equality and CEMR spokesperson on equality, Ibón Uribe.

What does CEMR do for equality?

CEMR’s mission is fundamental and its multi-level work encompasses three spheres: fostering and facilitating equality policies in European municipalities, incorporating equality into the structure, culture and work of CEMR as an organisation, and putting pressure on European Institutions to strengthen the role of municipalities in the implementation of European policies on equality.

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Future of Europe

CEMR Declaration on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome



Joint statement on empowering women's active participation in public local life



VIDEO: 10 things you (might not) know about Europe’s towns and regions​


CEMR presidency

European towns and regions have a new Presidency 

- Upcoming events More events -
29 May
  .  Localising UN's Sustainable Development Goals
Location : Brussels
From 12 to 13 June
  .  CEMR Policy Committee
Location : Chios
26 June
  .  Cohesion policy forum
Location : Brussels
From 10 to 19 July
  .  High level political forum on sustainable development
Location : New York
From 11 to 13 September
  .  Climate Chance summit
Location : Agadir
From 9 to 11 October
  .  European Week of Regions and Cities
Location : Brussels


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