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Newsletter - November 2019

Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Local and regional governments' view
of European affairs

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- Cohesion policy -

Cohesion policy

Younous Omarjee: "The mother of all battles is the battle over the budget"

The newly elected Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development (REGI), Younous Omarjee, shares his concerns regarding potential cuts to the future Cohesion Policy budget.

What is the first fight you plan to take on?

The immediate fight concerns acting for a cohesion budget which is up to the ambitions that have been set and to the needs of all of Europe’s regions. We were already disappointed by the European Commission’s proposals, but today the budgetary scenarios being discussed by the EU Council are unacceptable for us. The European Parliament is determined to not accept the sacrifice of traditional policies, starting with cohesion policy. The position I am putting forth is also that of our assembly’s rapporteurs for the Union’s multiannual budget (MFF). The Council must really take stock of our determination. 

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- CEMR 2020 -

CEMR Congress

Mayor of Innsbruck: "Sustainability itself is not a goal that we achieve, but an ongoing process"

More than ever before, the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) feature high on the political agenda. But why are they so crucial for cities, towns and regions? Because they ensure that the right choices are made today to improve the quality of life for future generations. 

In this interview, the Mayor of Innsbruck, Georg Willi presents how its city is working on the ground to make the SDGs a tangible reality, and invites you to attend CEMR congress on sustainable development goals, in 2020. 


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- EU Budget -

Cohesion Policy

CEMR to heads of state: "Don't cut Cohesion Policy by around €12 billion"

The Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU has presented governments with a proposal which would institute massive cuts in cohesion spending. Based on the proposal’s figures, CEMR estimates that there would be a €12 billion cut in real terms compared with the Commission’s proposal, impacting thousands of local and regional governments in Europe.

Reacting to the Finnish proposal, the secretary general of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), Frédéric Vallier, stated: “Such cuts pose a threat to local and regional governments’ ability to implement Europe’s ambitions, notably in terms of reaching the climate objectives of the Paris agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Cohesion policy is crucial for citizens to regain confidence in the European project. If accepted, these cuts would severely worsen already-growing social and territorial inequalities which are alienating many citizens.

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- Upcoming events -
15-30 November
  .  European days of local solidarity
Location : Europe
16-24 November
  .  European week for waste reduction
Location : Europe
6-8 May 2020
  .  CEMR Congress | Local Action. Global Shift. Living the Sustainable Development Goals
Location : Innsbruck


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