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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?"
Social dialogue - 21.12.2017
The European Semester is a 6-month period in which member states align their economic and social policies with the goals and rules agreed upon at EU level. Up until now, this process has only taken place between the EU and national governments, although towns and regions are directly impacted, particularly on the social level. We want this to change: local governments should have a seat at the table when their future is being discussed.
CEMR is launching this project in partnership with EPSU and with the support of the European Commission.
Sustainability - 21.12.201715 best practices to make your town or region more sustainable.
Air quality - 15.12.2017European Forum on Eco-innovation in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 5 to 6 February 2018.
Cohesion policy - 14.12.2017proposal to change the Common Provisions Regulation.
This is worrying for many reasons. Our Policy Adviser for Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion, Marlène Siméon, shared her concerns with the press agency Agence Europe: “Cohesion policy seems to becoming just a carrot and a stick to put in place national reforms advocated within the European Semester.” On top of this, “Without necessarily any development and cohesion objectives for regions, there is no notion of partnership or dialogue mentioned for the reforms discussed in the European Semester.”
Climate change - 13.12.2017RFI radio during the One Planet Summit in Paris.
Energy transition - 12.12.2017initiative to help coal-mining regions move away from fossil fuels and towards a more sustainable future. It will bring together EU, national, regional and local stakeholders involved in the transition to help them foster partnerships and learn from each other's experiences.
EU Solidarity Corps - 11.12.2017movement that supports solidarity as a shared value. Local and regional governments willing to host a Corps participant and offer an occupational placement can benefit from EU funding. The funding covers, among other expenses, travel costs of the young person and an Integration Programme to support parts of the costs (e.g. training, mentorship, etc.).
International cooperation - 08.12.2017join it. CONNECT was made possible by PLATFORMA and VNG International.
Pierre Vander Auwera
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