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  • ​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.
  • Cohesion policy - 14.12.2017

    Commission proposal puts Cohesion Policy at great risk
    On 6 December, the European Commission unveiled a roadmap to deepen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union, which includes a proposal to change the Common Provisions Regulation.
     
    This is worrying for many reasons. Our Policy Adviser for Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion, Marlène Siméon, shared her concerns with the press agency Agence Europe: “Cohesion policy seems to becoming just a carrot and a stick to put in place national reforms advocated within the European Semester.” On top of this, “Without necessarily any development and cohesion objectives for regions, there is no notion of partnership or dialogue mentioned for the reforms discussed in the European Semester.”
  • Cohesion policy - 16.11.2017

    #CohesionAlliance grows stronger
    The campaign for a strong cohesion policy beyond 2020 has gained two strong allies. The Danish Regions association, as well as the Croatian County Association have both signed the cohesion alliance’s declaration. As local government associations, they are well aware of the importance of cohesion policy for towns and regions’ livelihood. Why don’t you join our campaign? Sign the declaration for a strong cohesion policy beyond 2020.
  • Brexit - 01.08.2017

    How will €10.5 billion worth of EU funding be replaced?
    The British Government has pledged to create a fund to replace the money local governments receive from the EU.

    The UK’s Local Government Association (LGA) has published a report on the matter, ‘Beyond Brexit’, in which it provides in-depth analysis of the three potential funding scenarios for the future. The LGA would be interested in any views on the report by 5 September 2017.
  • Cohesion policy - 13.07.2017

    EU citizens want cohesion policy to continue
    Great news from the people cohesion policy is supposed to serve: according to Eurobarometer 452, the majority of EU citizens share the view that it should continue investing in all EU regions. What’s more, 78% of EU citizens see a positive impact of EU regional investments in their city or region.
  • Cohesion Policy - 13.06.2017

    CEMR meets ministers responsible for cohesion policy in Malta
    CEMR was officially invited to the Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Cohesion Policy on 8 – 9 June in Valletta, Malta.

    This event came just before the adoption of our position paper on the future of cohesion policy. For the future of Europe and its territories after the next EU budget review in 2020, CEMR advocates a simplified and integrated territorial approach to cohesion policy.
  • Local finances - 16.05.2017

    How could the next EU budget best help your town or region?
    What will be the key challenges and opportunities for cities and regions after 2020? You can answer the European Committee of the Regions' stakeholder survey on the matter to help it prepare its position on the post-2020 EU budget.
  • Global Urban Agenda - 11.05.2017

    Decentralisation: a key driver for development
    Decentralisation is an essential step for development worldwide. CEMR Secretary General, Frédéric Vallier, defended the importance of decentralised local government as a key driver for development at the 26th UN Habitat Governing Council in Nairobi, Kenya, on 8 May, where he was part of the Global Taskforce delegation.

    He stated: “We need an increased and effective involvement of local governments and their associations in the cooperation with UN-HABITAT. This goes hand in hand with the recognition of decentralisation as a key driver for development, namely for capacity building.”
  • Urban Agenda for the EU - 25.01.2017

    CEMR nominates 4 towns and regions to take part in Urban Agenda partnerships
    CEMR has nominated four urban areas for each partnership of the urban agenda: the cities of Helsingborg (Sweden) for digital transition, Weinheim (Germany) for jobs & skills, Kaunas (Lithuania) for the circular economy, and the region of Skåne (Sweden) with the city of Karlsruhe (Germany) as coordinator for urban mobility.

    The four partnerships of the Urban Agenda for the EU will kick off end of February. The CEMR secretariat will be present for each one of them, to allow our members to contribute. Want to dig deeper? Visit urbanagendaforthe.eu.
     
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Marlène Siméon
Policy Adviser - Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

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Tel. : +32 2 213 86 93
Skype : marlene.simeon.ccre
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