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Local & regional governments

Newsletter - June 2017

The Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Local and regional governments'
view of European Affairs

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Cohesion policy

Exclusive interview: Commissioner Creţu's take on the future of Cohesion policy

The Cohesion policy is the only European policy with a direct link with towns and regions and, therefore, with its citizens.

But what will happen to cohesion policy at the next EU budget review in 2020? What shape it should take to respond to current challenges, like climate change or migration flows?

Now that discussions around its future have been launched, we have interviewed the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, and dicussed potential new aspects in the new programming period, how the cohesion policy could respond to global challenges and how to involve local and regional governments in the current negotiations.

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Debates on the future of Europe

Petros Fassoulas: "By collaborating with local governments, we can reach millions of citizens across Europe"

The loss of trust in the European Union or a lower turnout at European elections are some of the challenges that the EU is facing today. To contribute to a strong and united Europe, CEMR joined "ALL", a new alliance that is to campaign in favour of European cooperation and democracy in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in 2019. 

In order to understand what is at stake for European democracy and to learn more about this alliance, we interviewed ALL’s founder and secretary general of the European Movement International (EMI), Petros Fassoulas.

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Paris Climate Agreement

To American mayors: work with us to make the planet great again

We invite all US mayors to work in close partnership with all local leaders in the world to keep fighting climate change and achieve our common goal of decarbonising our societies. CEMR will always stand by your side, also engaging in concrete ambitious climate action in the framework of the European and the global Covenant of Mayors, UCLG and all partners engaged.”

Mayor of Seville and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions’ (CEMR) spokesperson for climate and energy, Juan Espadas Cejas, made this declaration today to invite our friends, towns and cities in the USA, to work with us for the climate.


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Gender equality

Towns and regions seek EU and state support

European Committee of the Regions

New alliance born to defend the future of cohesion policy

UN Global Goals

​What’s truly needed to localise the UN Global Goals?

Future of Europe

“Our common values should direct Europe’s future” claim Europe’s towns and regions

Public building renovation

5 questions to Daiva Matonienė, municipal councillor at Šiauliai, Lithuania

Future of Europe

CEMR joins "ALL", the new alliance born to campaign for democracy in Europe


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Work-Life Balance

Local governments' reaction to the Commission's proposal


Towards a Europe for citizens

Mid-term review of the Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020 


European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Union should respect the principle of subsidiarity 


What future for Europe?

A vision from a local and regional perspective

- Upcoming events -
22 June
  .  Policy breakfast: Localising the Energy Union
Location : Brussels (European Parliament)
26 June
  .  Cohesion policy forum
Location : Brussels (Belgium)
6 to 11 June
  .  5th Assises of Decentralised Cooperation
Location : Brussels (Belgium)
11 to 13 September
  .  Climate Chance Summit
Location : Agadir (Morocco)
9 to 12 October
  .  European Week of Regions and Cities
Location : Brussels (Belgium)
12 November
  .  Local and regional governments at COP23
Location : Bonn (Germany)
11 to 13 June
  .  CEMR Conference: Equality, diversity and inclusion
Location : Bilbao (Spain)


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