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e-Democracy - 08.09.2016
CEMR and the OLA network (Observatory on Local Autonomy) are calling for papers on the joint conference they are organising in Lille and Brussels in September 2017: "Democratic and Electronic Changes in Local Public Action in Europe: REvolution or E-volution?"
If you think you are up to the challenge, send your paper to Ms Line Salmon-Legagneur (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 19 September 2016. You can find the full version of the call with more details here. For further information, please contact CEMR Research and Studies Officer, Nathalie Noupadja: email@example.com.
Digital Single Market - 11.12.2015
This is in substance the message addressed by CEMR and its partner from the social dialogue, EPSU, in a press release on 11 December. It follows a joint declaration on the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation in public administration.
Public services - 06.08.2015consultation about the role of public services within the international negotiations (COP21) to be held in Paris by the end of the year. This consultation was launched by MEPs from the intergroup on public services.
The results of the consultation will be debated during a conference on "COP 21 & Public Services: what is at stake?" on 15 September at the European Parliament.
For further information you can contact Cédric Flin.
European Broadband Award - 03.08.2015European Broadband Award. This Europe-wide competition aims at identifying the five best projects of high-speed broadband networks – the so-called Next Generation Networks (NGN) - delivering at least 30 Mbps in urban, suburban and rural areas.
This initiative aims to contribute to achieve the European broadband targets for 2020:
- access for all to much higher internet speeds (30 Mbps or above)
- 50% or more of European households with internet connections above 100 Mbps
Get further information on the Broadband Europe initiative on the Commission's website.
Deadline for applications is 18 September.
Public services - 11.06.2015public procurement’ and ‘concessions’ directives, which was passed in 2014.
Given their crucial impact on local and regional governments, CEMR has been actively involved in this process. Public procurements indeed constitute more than 15% of the EU GDP and offer strategic solutions to fulfil their public service missions. This naturally led the European Commission to reaffirm its willingness to pursue exchanges and collaboration with the CEMR and its member associations.
Members of the expert group also reported on the TTIP talks and the outook for state aid and VAT rules developments.
See also: CEMR's position on TTIP
TTIP - 29.05.2015TTIP). During that session MEPs voted unanimously an amendment submitted by CEMR, requesting the exclusion of services of general interest from liberalisation and defending the right for local government to freely organise and provide public services.
The report willl be voted on Wednesday 10 June during a plenary session at the European Parliament.
Digital Single Market - 07.05.2015Digital Single Market for Europe aims to open up opportunities for people and businesses in the area of Internet and digital technologies.
Launched on Wednesday 6 May, the new strategy sets out 16 key actions under 3 pillars which the Commission will deliver by the end of 2016:
- Better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe
- Creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish
- Maximising the growth potential of the digital economy
COSLA Excellence Awards - 26.03.2014Every year, our Scottish association COSLA rewards the best initiatives in the domain of service provision. Among the laureates of the Awards are Glasgow City, the municipalities of Perth and Kinross or the Highland Council.
These awards honour and give visibility to initiatives undertaken by Scottish local and regional authorities that improve their citizens’ living conditions in several domains, such as “Service innovation and improvement”, “Strong and sustainable communities” or “Securing a workforce for the Future”.
Read the press release of the 2014 COSLA Excellence Awards. See all the pictures and videos of this event.
De minimis state aid - 30.06.2013The current rules require local government to check that the beneficiary is not receiving more than €200,000 in state aid over 3 years. As expressed in our earlier position, we stress the need to raise this threshold to €500,000. Such low levels of aid spread out over three years do not pose an unacceptable threat to fair competition in the internal market, but allow important local projects to be supported by public funds.
CEMR's full position on de minimis state aid
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