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Council of Europe - 09.11.2021
The Congress strengthens local and regional democracy in 47 Member States in accordance with the European Charter of Local Self-Government and promotes human rights and the rule of law at local and regional levels. To find out more and apply, please consult the Recruitment Notice (in English and French).
Job opening - 15.09.2021For more information on the position and how to apply, please consult the recruitment pack. Applications must be sent to recruitment.sg[a]ccre-cemr.org by 3 October 18:00.
Call for contractor - 14.09.2021
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.
Future of Europe Conference - 19.04.2021
The website allows users to share their ideas, find events close to them and organise their own events covering 10 different topics, from climate change and healthcare to migration and education, that are crucial to the future of our continent.
Go to the website to find out more, available in the 24 official languages of the EU: https://futureu.europa.eu/
Webinar - 16.03.2021
Date: 27-28 April 2021
Emperor Maximilian Prize 2021 - 25.11.2020
Individuals, private associations and public institutions are eligible for the €10,000-prize. Previous winners have included Swedish politician Anders Knape for his lifelong advocacy for local and regional government and the Tyrolean association “Rückenwind”, which enables underprivileged young people to go abroad for an international project.
For more information, please go on the Kaiser Maximilian Prize’s website. The public tender and prize information are available in multiple European languages.
Conditionality of funds - 13.11.2020compromise on the conditionality of EU funds. In short, the European Union will be able to cut funding to any government – local, regional or national – found to be violating European values, such as respect for the rule of law and minority rights.
Significantly, the cuts will not affect final beneficiaries, but only the government concerned. If the EU blocks funding to a national government for example, the country's students, farmers, municipalities and regions would still be able to benefit from funds. Local and regional governments have long advocated for such a measure.
Under the new procedure, the funds will be cut on a proposal of the European Commission approved by a qualified majority of national governments in the Council. In the past, a single national government could veto such measures. The compromise must now be adopted formally by the Parliament and national ministers in Council.
Fit for the Future - 04.11.2020Fit for the Future Platform (F4F). The Platform is a group of high-level experts that will help the Commission simplify EU laws and reduce related unnecessary costs. F4F will examine whether existing laws can achieve their objectives efficiently as Europe tackles new challenges such as digitalisation.
CEMR will participate in the Platform’s Stakeholder Group, which represents civil society. This will also be an opportunity for CEMR to be informed about and influence lawmaking at a very early stage. F4F’s first meeting is expected to take place in mid-November and will be chaired by EU Commission Vice-President for Inter-Institutional Relations Maroš Šefčovič.
Have your say - 11.09.2020
This is an opportunity for cities and regions to have their say. Is EU trade policymaking sufficiently transparent? Are national and local concerns sufficiently taken into account by the European Commission? How can the process be improved?
To share your views, please complete the Commission’s brief survey, available in 22 languages.
Pierre Vander Auwera
Tel. : + 32 2 500 05 41
Skype : pierre_vda
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