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Meeting of the secretaries general and directors

Statutory affairs - 16.03.2017

3 takeaways from our secretaries general and directors’ meeting in Nantes
The secretaries general and directors of CEMR’s member associations met in Nantes on 13 and 14 March 2017, to prepare the short and long-term political agenda of Europe’s towns and regions.

Here are the 3 main things to remember from the meeting:

1.    The future of Europe is a local issue

A thematic debate on the future of Europe took place with Jean-Marc Ferry, Chair of the philosophy of Europe at Nantes University. The goal of the meeting was also to work on three texts that are being prepared: CEMR’s declaration on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, CEMR’s text on the future of Europe, “Europe 2030”, meant to contribute to the European Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe, published on 1 March, and CEMR’s position paper on the European pillar of social rights. Participants also discussed the CEMR Executive Bureau in Rome where we will be marching for Europe on 25 March.

2.    Local cooperation must be enhanced

The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss collaboration perspectives between CEMR, the Committee of the Regions and the Congress of local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe. Concerning cooperation, participants were able to discover the coalition project called LARGE (Local And Regional Governments Europe): a cooperation project with other European networks of local and regional governments.

3.    See you in Bilbao in 2018 at our event for equal, diverse and inclusive cities

The 2018 Bilbao conference for equal, diverse and inclusive cities is getting closer and closer. After CEMR’s event on Women’s Day, we are still working hard on the preparation of the conference, which was discussed in detail during the meeting of the 2018 Bilbao Conference Content Committee.
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