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Local & regional governments

Newsletter - July 2021

Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Local and regional governments' view
on European affairs

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- Sustainable Development Goals -

2030 Agenda

Local and regional governments pave way for implementation of the global goals | Carlos Martínez Mínguez, Mayor of Soria

“Local and regional governments in Spain and across Europe are paving the way to the active implementation of the global goals”, writes Carlos Martínez Mínguez Mayor of Soria (Spain), CEMR Vice-President & Spokesperson on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Sustainable development is increasingly being linked with a new trending concept: sustainable recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic which hit Europe so hard, and continues to affect us, still requires local and regional governments to be at the forefront of crisis management and recovery planning, touching not only upon health issues but also social, environmental and economic priorities for citizens and local governments.


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- Rural development -

Rural development

EU develops its vision for rural areas alongside local governments

Good news! The long-awaited EU’s long-term vision for rural areas towards 2040 was finally presented this week by the EU Commission’s Vice President, Dubravka Suica, and Commissioners for Cohesion, Elisa Ferreira, and for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski.
Today, rural areas are home to almost 30% of Europe’s population (137 million people in total) which covers 80% of the EU’s territory. However, their situation is a cause for concern: depopulation and the decline of public services are driving alienation and political discontent across our continent.


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- Better Regulation agenda -

​Better regulation

The EU promises more transparent and collaborative lawmaking: what does it mean for for local and regional governments?

Today about 60% of a mayor’s political agenda is influenced by European legislation. It is therefore crucial to ensure that EU rules do not add unnecessary administrative burdens to local governments and can be effectively implemented without additional costs.

With its agenda on Better Regulation, the EU executive aims to make progress in future law-making by focussing on more transparent and evidenced-based policy processes for improved  outcomes. How? For instance, by enhancing impact assessments and introducing a “rural proofing” mechanism in EU legislation to analyse any potential impact on rural jobs, growth and sustainable development. 

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- Europe’s digital decade -


Europe’s Digital Decade: 3 challenges for the EU to succeed

The digital transformation is having a major impact on our societies, everyday life, economy and the way public administrations function. With its communication “Europe’s digital decade”, the European Commission outlined its vision for the digitalisation of our societies, notably by setting targets in areas such as education, business, infrastructure and government.

These unprecedented targets do not come alone. The EU’s €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility has indeed fixed that at least 20% of national recoveryplans be dedicated to digital transition.


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- Water -

Clean and circular water

Make water circular again!

CEMR and Eurocities held a joint event on clean and circular on Monday (7 June) as an official partner event of European Green Week. This was an opportunity for lively exchanges between experts from international organisations and local elected officials actively working on sustainable water management in their constituencies.

Oriana Romano, head of unit for water governance and circular economy in cities at the OECD, spoke on the urgent need to take action on water issues, particularly given the ever-growing populations of urban areas.


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- Sustainable Development Goals -


Hot off the press: "European Territories Localise the SDGs"

From global to local: CEMR and PLATFORMA are proud to present the 2021 edition of our regular series of publications on how municipalities, regions and their associations are making the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality on the ground.

Entitled European Territories Localise the SDGs: Continuity and Change in Times of COVID-19, this 46-page report is jam-packed with data, infographics, charts and best practices on how local and regional governments are working on the SDGs in Europe and beyond.


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- Library More items -


European Territories Localise the SDGs: Continuity and Change in Times of COVID-19


Rural development

Uptake of EU funds in rural areas: analysis from a local and regional perspective

- Upcoming events -
20 to 26 September
  .  European Sustainable Development Week
Location : Online
14 October
  .  Rural connections: green and digital innovation to unlock the potential of rural and remote areas
Location : Online
7 October
  .  Covenant of Mayors – Europe Ceremony
Location : Online
11 to 14 October
  .  European week of regions and cities
Location : Online


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