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  • International - 08.02.2018

    Water: a local issue
    Water is a fundamental right, and guaranteeing access to drinking water and sanitation is crucial for many local and regional governments. At the World Water Forum, our global organisation UCLG is co-organising the “International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities on Water” on 20-21 March in Brasilia. You can register for the Forum until 28 February.
  • Healthcare - 07.02.2018

    Workshop: digital solutions for your healthcare system
    Ageing demographics can represent a real challenge for healthcare systems. Can shifting to a digital system help? To discuss this issue in more detail, come to the workshop on “Taking up the digital shift in healthcare” on 26 February in Brussels.
  • Twinning - 06.02.2018

    Turkey - EU town twinning opportunities
    A new grant scheme has been launched to develop town twinning between local governments in the EU and in Turkey. An information meeting will take place on 8 February in Brussels.
  • ​Cohesion policy - 31.01.2018

    Our Greek association joined the Cohesion Alliance
    Greek towns and regions called for a strong cohesion policy beyond 2020. On their behalf, the Mayor of Mayor of Amaroussi and President of CEMR’s Greek association (KEDE), Giorgios Patoulis, joined the Cohesion Alliance in the presence of the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Karl Heinz Lambertz.

    The Cohesion Alliance (#CohesionAlliance) is a coalition of those who believe that EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU's future. The Alliance was created through cooperation between the leading European associations of towns, cities and regions, including CEMR, and the CoR.
  • EU affairs - 17.01.2018

    Irish Taoiseach speaks up for devolution at the European Parliament
    In his official 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

    CEMR launches new project for a fairer social future
    We are proud to be launching a new project: "Localising the European Semester”.

    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 - 21.12.2017

    CEMR members’ best practices for sustainable towns and regions
    From renewable energy to cycling policy: draw inspiration from our members’ 15 best practices to make your town or region more sustainable.
  • Air quality - 15.12.2017

    Find eco-innovative solutions for air quality
    Learn financing opportunities and innovative solutions to improve air quality. Join local and national governments, businesses, policy makers and associations at the European Forum on Eco-innovation in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 5 to 6 February 2018.
  • Cohesion policy - 14.12.2017

    Commission proposal puts Cohesion Policy at great risk
    On 6 December, the European Commission unveiled a roadmap to deepen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union, which includes a proposal 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.”


Pierre Vander Auwera
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