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CEMR's 24th general assembly - 28.11.2008
A glimpse of what you can expect
The second announcement of Council of European Municipalities and Regions' 24th general assembly is now available. It includes a detailed programme of the different sessions and speakers.
CEMR's general assembly.will be held from 22 to 24 April 2009 in Malmö, and over 1,200 local and regional representatives are expected to attend. The first day will focus on a political debate on the international and European challenges local and regional government have to prepare for and adapt to in the best way.
The second day will address issues surrounding democracy and governance, demographic change, public services, cohesion policy and the cooperation between the EU and its neighbours. A session will examine the role of local government in international development and the new kinds of partnerships growing at local government level.
The third day will be organised around two major themes: local solutions to tackle climate change, and twinning in a changing Europe. A final plenary session will be devoted to what local government can do now to prepare for tomorrow.
Invited speakers include:
Minister for European Union Affairs of Sweden, Cecilia Malmström;
the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering;
European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Jan Figel;
Members of the European Parliament including Pierre Schapira, Jan Olbrycht, Nicole Fontaine, OldÃ¸ich Vlasák;
the President of the Committee of the Regions, Luc Van Den Brande;
Mayors from across Europe: Ilmar Reepalu (Malmö), Michael Häupl (Mayor and Governor of Vienna and CEMR's President), Bertrand Delanoë (Paris), Nikitas Kaklamanis (Athens), Wolfgang Schuster (Stuttgart), Barbel Dieckman (Bonn), Janusz Marszalek (Ocwiecim).
The second announcement also provides practical information on how to register for the general assembly as well as on the technical visits and accompanying tours to be held after the three-day event.
It is yet only available in English. Other languages will be published on the website of CEMR's general assembly.
Pierre Vander Auwera
Tel. : + 32 2 500 05 41
Skype : pierre_vda