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Newsletter - February 2021

Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Local and regional governments' view
on European affairs

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- CEMR's 70th anniversary -


Commissioner Sinkevičius and MEP Maydell: towns can thrive in a sustainable Europe

As part of CEMR’s 70th anniversary celebrations, influential politicians and up-and-coming young leaders joined us to share their thoughts on the future of Europe and local government in a time of transformation. Among these were the European commissioner for environment, Virgijnius Sinkevičius, and Bulgarian MEP Eva Maydell. Both were decidedly optimistic on local governments’ ability to lead the environmental and digital transitions to make Europe more sustainable and cohesive.

The EU is keen to work with cities

Commissioner Sinkevičius highlighted that our societies have learned to radically change their ways of living and working as a reaction to the COVID pandemic. He stressed that cities are in an excellent position to pioneer new changes which do not simply react but practively move towards a more sustainable way of life.

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- EU strategy for equality -

Gender equality

Crisis as an opportunity to improve equality at all levels?: CEMR speaks with EU Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli

On 26 January 2021, the first EU Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, met with local leaders of the CEMR Standing Committee for Equality to discuss the potential for local and regional action to build equality from the ground up and to identify areas for multi-level cooperation.

Commissioner Dalli presented the main areas her team is working on, particularly the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on women’s involvement in the labour market, their social and economic vulnerability and tackling the “shadow pandemic” of violence against women. The Commissioner also stressed that the pandemic reminds us that home is not a safe space for everyone.

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- EU's recovery -

Europe’s recovery plan

New consultation warns: many EU governments have to date excluded cities and regions from the preparation of post-COVID recovery plans

Why local and regional governments should have their say in the future national recovery plans post-covid-19? To what extend towns and regions and their national associations were involved in preparing national plans for the relaunch post-covid-19?

To answer these questions the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) carried out a consultation of associations of local and regional authorities. This is only the start of a monitoring process to ensure the right involvement of towns, cities and regions and their associations in the recovery plans: are they involved in the design, programming, implementation, monitoring phases?

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- EU Portuguese presidency -

Portuguese Presidency

Starting the year with a bang: the EU issues to watch out for in the first half of 2021

Portugal is taking up the rotating Presidency of European Union a time of extraordinary activity in European affairs. The last time the southern European nation held the Presidency way back in 2007, the year of the signing of the Lisbon Treaty. Needless to say, a great deal has happened since then, notably with the consolidation of the EU’s regulatory powers and the creation of initiatives in ever-more areas such as migration, environment and healthcare.

During the first half of this year, Portugal will preside over the launch of the EU’s new seven-year financial framework, at a time when political leaders are under more pressure than ever to deliver on health, the economy and the environment. In these challenging times, Europe’s municipalities and regions are ready to partner with the new Presidency to deliver a brighter future for our citizens.

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- Developpement -

Neighbourhood Development

EU dedicates €500 million for towns and regions under NDICI

The EU’s new financing instrument for international development includes mandatory consultations of towns, regions and their associations in the elaboration of EU development programmes. It also dedicates a minimum of €500 million for towns and regions in partner countries.

With the “Neighbourhood Development International Cooperation Instrument” (NDICI), the EU’s development policy will be entering a new phase in 2021: this unique financial mechanism will cover the funding of all activities implemented under the EU’s neighbourhood, development and international cooperation policies.

Mid-December, the European Parliament negotiators – rapporteurs Charles Goerens, Michael Gahler, Maria Arena and Rasa Jukneviciene, led by DEVE Committee Chair Tomas Tobé, and AFET Committee Chair David McAlister – met with the representative of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen for a last trilogue tackling the remaining politically sensitive issues.

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- Library More items -

Recovery & resilience plans

The involvement of municipalities, cities and regions



Raising citizens’ awareness through development education



Video | 70 years of achievements



The work of EU delegations with local and regional governments for development

- Upcoming events -
25 February
  .  Political debate on the EU New Package on Migration and Asylum
Location : Online
15 March
  .  Regional Forum on Sustainable Development | Event on the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC)
  .  15th anniversary of the European Charter for Equality between women and men in local life
31 May - 4 June
  .  European Green Week
16-22 September
  .  European Mobility Week
11-14 October
  .  European Week of Regions and Cities
Location : Online


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