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  • ​Think Europe - 18.01.2019

    Cohesion policy must ensure the way to meet the UN Global Goals
    "Cohesion Policy has greatly contributed to the development of our cities, villages & regions. Today, it can also ensure that the EU and its local governments meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)." With these words, CEMR secretary General, Frédéric Vallier, introduced a debate on the urban dimension of cohesion policy. 

    The SDGs should be the roadmap to design EU policies. But how can we make the SDGs understandable for citizens and how can they contribute to this type of growth?,” added Mr Vallier.

    The debate took place during the congress “Think Europe – Intermediary cities key for development”, organised by the city of Soria and CEMR Spanish association (FEMP), on 16 to 18 January. Participants included the Mayor of Seville and CEMR spokesperson for climate, Juan Espadas, the Spanish MEP Iratxe García Pérez and the Mayor of Aranjuez and member of CEMR policy committee, Cristina Moreno Moreno.
  • EWRC 2018 - 20.09.2018

    Only one week left to register for the European Week of Regions and Cities
    From Europe’s social future to cohesion policy and the circular economy, CEMR will be playing an active role on many fronts during the Week. Have a look at the many sessions we’re (co)organising, and don’t forget to register! #EURegionsWeek
  • Cohesion policy - 13.07.2018

    Experts concerned about Commission’s proposal to change EU funding
    The European Commission’s proposed changes to EU funding (specifically, ESIF) are raising concerns in Europe’s towns and regions. On 11 July, Europe’s local and regional experts on the issue came together to discuss how the proposal could be changed to answer local needs. One of the main issues is the rigid limitation of freedom concerning the fields in which towns and regions are allowed to invest. Check our website regularly for more information.
  • Regional policy - 20.04.2018

    What impact do EU regional policy investments really have?
    A new library of evaluations carried out by Member States might just give you the answer. It contains a selection of completed evaluations since 2007, which can be browsed by different categories, such as countries, funds or evaluation methods, for instance.
  • Cohesion policy - 12.04.2018

    Future of cohesion policy: Council adopts conclusions
    The Council of the European Union has spoken. On 12 April, it adopted the conclusions on the delivery and implementation of cohesion policy after 2020. A summary is also available.
  • Cohesion policy - 11.04.2018

    Latest update on cohesion dialogues
    No less than 14 cohesion dialogues have now taken place, and the debates around cohesion policy’s benefits are alive and kicking in Europe’s towns and regions. The main outcome of the dialogues so far is that citizens feel the need to maintain cohesion policy, which they see as a forward-looking strategy to create innovation. More information here.
  • Cohesion policy - 09.04.2018

    Defending a strong cohesion policy in the next EU budget
    CEMR Executive Director for European Affairs, Angelika Poth-Mögele, sat down for an interview with FASI media to explain the need to keep cohesion policy strong in the EU’s future budget.
  • Cohesion policy - 13.03.2018

    Challenges for EU cohesion policy: the briefing
    What challenges lie ahead for EU cohesion policy after 2020? What impact will Brexit have on the EU budget? Read the handy briefing prepared by the European Parliamentary Research Service on this issue.
  • ​Cohesion policy - 31.01.2018

    Our Greek association joined the Cohesion Alliance
    Greek towns and regions called for a strong cohesion policy beyond 2020. On their behalf, the Mayor of Mayor of Amaroussi and President of CEMR’s Greek association (KEDE), Giorgios Patoulis, joined the Cohesion Alliance in the presence of the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Karl Heinz Lambertz.

    The Cohesion Alliance (#CohesionAlliance) is a coalition of those who believe that EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU's future. The Alliance was created through cooperation between the leading European associations of towns, cities and regions, including CEMR, and the CoR.
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