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  • Call for contractor - 14.09.2021

    Mission: research and draft a study on local finances in Europe
    CEMR is looking for a contractor to research and draft a study on local finances in Europe since 2010, including the impact of COVID-19 and the development of green local finances. The work will take place between end of October 2021 and April 2022.

    Interested bidders should submit their bids by Sunday 17 October 2021 at the latest. For more information on the mission and how to apply, please consult the Terms of Reference and the publication's Concept Note.
  • ​Survey - 23.11.2020

    How can we better involve local government in EU spending?
    Public money is always spent better when those who are affected have a say. That’s why many European investment funds must follow the Partnership Principle, according to which local government and regional governments should be involved in how EU money is spent in their territory. But how well are local players actually involved in practice?

    To help answer this question, municipalities, regions and their associations are encouraged to share their views on this issue by responding to the Committee of the Regions’ survey on applying the Partnership Principle to EU funds for 2021-2027. The questionnaire should only take 10-15 minutes to complete and the survey will be open until 21 December 2020. In parallel, CEMR will be publishing its own analysis of the issue in the coming months, based on a survey of its national associations.
  • NALAS - 09.11.2020

    The state of local finances in southeast Europe
    The Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) has just published “Local Government Finance Indicators in South East Europe”. The second edition provides a wealth of statistical data on the following topics:
    • The size and structure of local governments in southeast Europe
    • Regional comparisons on the status and development of national and local government finance in 2019
    • Patterns and trends of national and local government revenues and expenditures for the period 2006-2019 in each economy
  • Just Transition Fund - 17.09.2020

    EU Parliament votes €25 billion to green local economies
    The European Parliament has voted to dedicate €25 billion for the Just Transition Fund (JTF). This new EU financial instrument will invest in regions to help them decarbonise their economies. A range of projects would be eligible for funding and the EU would co-finance up to 85% of the cost.

    By contrast, the European Commission had proposed €11 billion and national governments in the Council a mere €7.5 billion. The Parliament and Council must now come to a compromise for the Fund to be created.
  • Urban agenda - 20.11.2017

    Exchange with us at the EU Cities Forum
    Are you going to the EU Cities Forum in Rotterdam on 27-28 November? Make sure you visit both CEMR’s and Covenant of Mayors’ stands on the SS Rotterdam. We’ll be very happy to meet you in person.
  • Urban development - 27.09.2017

    Call for tenders: Experts on sustainable development and housing wanted
    Are you a local or regional government expert? Our global organisation, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), is producing a report analysing the role of local and regional governments in the UN Global Goals (SDGs) and in decent housing.

    UCLG is looking for experts or researchers in Europe to contribute to the report (entitled GOLD V). If you’re interested, please answer the call for tenders by 4 October, 11 am. For more info, please contact
  • Urban exchange - 13.09.2017

    City-to-city pairings around the globe for a sustainable future
    With the International Urban Cooperation programme, EU cities can apply for pairings with a city facing similar challenges in sustainable urban development in other parts of the world.
  • Economic development - 19.04.2017

    Grant opportunity: mayors for economic growth
    The aim of the European Commission’s Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) initiative is to strengthen local governments’ capacity to implement smart local economic development. Cities joining the initiative make and implement sustainable economic development plans with EU support. The “champions” will receive grant support to implement pilot projects.

    Apply until 31 May 2017.
  • Urban Agenda for the EU - 08.06.2016

    New guide on the Right to the City for older persons
    AGE Platform Europe has published a guide on the Urban Agenda for the EU and older persons’ rights.

    The number of people in the EU aged 65 or over is set to nearly double by 2060, and 80% of older people in developed countries already live in urban areas. The aim of this guide is to help European cities use the Urban Agenda for the EU to become more age-friendly and be prepared for the big demographic change to come.

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