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  • Council of Europe - 09.11.2021

    Recruitment notice: Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
    The Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is looking for a new Secretary General. The role requires extensive senior-level management experience and an understanding of international organisations.

    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 - 15.09.2021

    Call for applications for the recruitment of CEMR’s Secretary General (2022 onwards)
    CEMR has opened a call for the position of Secretary General whose current mandate will end in January 2022. For more information on the position and how to apply, please consult the recruitment packApplications must be sent to recruitment.sg[a]ccre-cemr.org by 3 October 18:00.
  • 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.
  • Future of Europe Conference - 19.04.2021

    Help citizens make their voice heard
    The future is yours! That's the motto of the European Union's Conference on the Future of Europe. Citizens and civil society organisations are encouraged to participate through the Conference's dedicated website.

    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

    Activating citizens: how municipalities can make use of the European Solidarity Corps
    This online event with about 25 municipalities from all over Europe will highlight the various possibilities of the European Solidarity Corps. This seminar, open to local governments and their organisations, will show how the Corps can help municipalities meet their local needs, activate their citizens and strengthen their  networks, notably in the field of town twinning.

    Date: 27-28 April 2021
    Registration link
    Draft programme
    Information video
  • Emperor Maximilian Prize 2021 - 25.11.2020

    Win €10,000 for your local project with European ambitions
    Do you have a creative project in mind for your municipality or region? Do you live by the motto “act local, think European”? If so, you should compete for the Emperor Maximilian Prize, awarded by the City of Innsbruck and the State of Tyrol, rewarding excellent local or regional projects with a European dimension.

    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 - 13.11.2020

    EU agrees compromise on cutting funding to governments violating European values
    The European Parliament and the German Presidency of the EU Council have agreed a compromise 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 - 04.11.2020

    CEMR expert appointed to top advisory group on improving EU legislation
    CEMR’s Angela Poth-Mögele has been appointed to represent local governments on the European Commission’s Fit 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

    What do cities and regions think of EU trade policy?
    The European Commission is investigating how well it engages civil society in EU trade policy and how national and local authorities organise trade dialogues at their level. The EU executive hopes to improve transparency and citizen dialogue in the making of trade policy.

    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.
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