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  • ​Think Europe - 18.01.2019

    Cohesion policy must ensure the way to meet the UN Global Goals
    "Cohesion Policy has greatly contributed to the development of our cities, villages & regions. Today, it can also ensure that the EU and its local governments meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)." With these words, CEMR secretary General, Frédéric Vallier, introduced a debate on the urban dimension of cohesion policy. 

    The SDGs should be the roadmap to design EU policies. But how can we make the SDGs understandable for citizens and how can they contribute to this type of growth?,” added Mr Vallier.

    The debate took place during the congress “Think Europe – Intermediary cities key for development”, organised by the city of Soria and CEMR Spanish association (FEMP), on 16 to 18 January. Participants included the Mayor of Seville and CEMR spokesperson for climate, Juan Espadas, the Spanish MEP Iratxe García Pérez and the Mayor of Aranjuez and member of CEMR policy committee, Cristina Moreno Moreno.
  • Climate transition - 17.01.2019

    Finnish municipalities show the meaning of climate ambition
    Helsinki is reducing its emissions by 80%. Turku is on the road to become a “carbon-positive city”. Find out how Finnish municipalities are putting forward ambitious climate plans: our Finnish association, AFLRA, showcased their local climate plans at a workshop co-organised with the Covenant of Mayors on 23 November.
  • Water - 16.01.2019

    Austrian cities and towns study Europe’s water supply systems
    Privatising public services such as water management can have very negative effects, such as increased prices and reduced investments in infrastructure. Public water management systems, however, are providing more affordable prices with a higher quality. That’s one of the main conclusions from a study commissioned by the Austrian Association of Cities and towns: A comparison of European water supply and sanitation systems.
  • CEMR in mourning - 14.01.2019

    Local and regional Europe in mourning after the assassination of the mayor of Gdansk
    It is with great sadness that we learned of the assassination of the mayor of Gdańsk, Pawel Adamowicz. The mayor was stabbed on 13 January during a major charity event in Poland.

    We extend our sympathy to his family and to the citizens of Gdańsk (Poland). We also share the sentiment of the association of Polish cities, which describes Mr Adamowicz as being "a model of solidarity in practice."
  • Recruitment - 03.01.2019

    Work at the Council of European Municipalities and Regions
    Do you believe in a local and regional Europe? Are you fluent in English and French? Then you may be the person we’re looking for.
    We have three vacancies you can apply for until 9 January. Click on each position for more details:
  • Migration - 20.12.2018

    Join UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign
    UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign invites cities and local governments who are working to promote inclusion, support refugees and bring communities together to sign a statement of solidarity with refugees.
  • Gender equality - 13.12.2018

    Gender-sensitive parliaments
    How well does your parliamentary institution integrate gender equality? How does it respond to the different needs of women and men? Give your feedback and help the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) measure, assess and monitor improvements.
  • Gender equality - 06.12.2018

    Gender equal cities: a walk in the park?
    At the URBACT City Festival, CEMR co-organised a Gender Equal Cities “Walkshop” to analyse the urban landscape from a gender perspective. If you’re interested in this issue, join the Gender Equal Cities LinkedIn group.
  • Governance - 22.11.2018

    #OurDay, a day for local government to come together
    On 20 November, with #OurDay, local government came together on social media to celebrate the people who keep our communities running. This social media marathon gives everyone who works or volunteers in local public services the chance to share their stories of how they improve the quality of life of residents. This yearly initiative was launched by the Local Government Association (United Kingdom).

    The French Mayors' Association (AMF) has launched a similar campaign, #MaCommuneJyTiens, to show all the work local governments do for their constituents.


Pierre Vander Auwera
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